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  • How to expand the disk partition to larger size on boot disk ?

    Hi All,

    I got Windows Server 2003 which was restored from disk image from smaller partition (20 GB) into larger partition (100GB), I've converted this Active boot partition from BASIC disk into DYNAMIC disk, but still I couldn't expand it to fully utilize 100 GB ?

    Is there any way to do it without losing the Boot OS data ?

    Thanks

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    Re: How to expand the disk partition to larger size on boot disk ?

    AFAIK, the boot partition cannot be expanded in Server 2003 (this is fixed in 2008.) You need to use either 3rd party tools like Partition Magic or try and boot the server with, say, WinPE image and use Diskpart to expand the C-volume. On virtual systems, I usually attach the VHD into another a system as secondary HDD and use it to expand the volume.

    -vP

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    • #3
      Re: How to expand the disk partition to larger size on boot disk ?

      How did you do the restore??? What software did you use to restore from???

      Diskpart won't extend the partition as its a boot partition but there is a partiton tool called delpart that will extend it if i remember correctly.

      Please use at your own risk

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      • #4
        Re: How to expand the disk partition to larger size on boot disk ?

        Originally posted by wullieb1 View Post
        How did you do the restore??? What software did you use to restore from???

        Diskpart won't extend the partition as its a boot partition but there is a partiton tool called delpart that will extend it if i remember correctly.

        Please use at your own risk
        Hi Wullie,

        I restored the server from Backup exec System recovery image.

        I 've downloaded Delpart.exe and then I execute that binary but it says No hard disk ?

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        • #5
          Re: How to expand the disk partition to larger size on boot disk ?

          In that case i'd download a live cd as per vonPryz suggested and use that.

          Knoppix is one, Gparted is another

          GParted

          http://gparted.sourceforge.net/livecd.php

          Knoppix

          http://www.knopper.net/knoppix/index-en.html

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          • #6
            Re: How to expand the disk partition to larger size on boot disk ?

            Originally posted by wullieb1 View Post
            In that case i'd download a live cd as per vonPryz suggested and use that.

            Knoppix is one, Gparted is another

            GParted

            http://gparted.sourceforge.net/livecd.php

            Knoppix

            http://www.knopper.net/knoppix/index-en.html

            yes, you are right my friend, thanks for sharing the idea here.

            It is nice to know those freeware can do it.

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