Partition Magic 8 for Windows Server on Mirrored Volume!!!


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Harry

Hi! All,

I have Windows Server 2003 R2 installed on a 300 gb HDD which has been
mirrored.

The server has 2 partitions C Drive is 50gb and D drive is 250 gb. Now I am
running out of disk space on theC drive and would like to use the partition
magic to shrink D Drive and extend the C Drive.

I would like to know if this is possible using partition magic.
I hope it will not cause any problems to the RAID?

Appreciate any help and advice.

Thank you
Regards
Harry
 
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Meinolf Weber

Hello Harry,

With a C drive of 50GB for 2003 R2 you should normally have enough space
for OS. What have you installed on the server that it's not enough? Operations
like this can always bring problems. So make sure you have an actual tested
backup from the server.

Best regards

Meinolf Weber
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Harry

Hi! Meinolf,
Thank you for the reply. Correction here - I have given C drive 20gb of
space. I have a few applications installed on the C drive. So now I am left
with 5 gb of space.
Thats the reason I would like to extend it.
I checked with Norton Partition Magic website - they say Partition Magic 8
doesnt support Win 2003 :(.
So I have to look for other softwares or methods to assist me.
Do you guys have any way to perform this operation without using any 3rd
party tools??

Thank you
Regards
Hari
 
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Lanwench [MVP - Exchange]

Harry said:
Hi! Meinolf,
Thank you for the reply. Correction here - I have given C drive 20gb
of space. I have a few applications installed on the C drive. So now
I am left with 5 gb of space.
Thats the reason I would like to extend it.
I checked with Norton Partition Magic website - they say Partition
Magic 8 doesnt support Win 2003 :(.
So I have to look for other softwares or methods to assist me.
Do you guys have any way to perform this operation without using any
3rd party tools??

Thank you
Regards
Hari
You'd need ServerMagic - but I don't know if that's still made. Check out
Acronis Disk Director.
 
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Olaf Engelke [MVP]

Hello,
Harry said:
Thank you for the reply. Correction here - I have given C drive 20gb
of space. I have a few applications installed on the C drive. So now
I am left with 5 gb of space.
Thats the reason I would like to extend it.
I checked with Norton Partition Magic website - they say Partition
Magic 8 doesnt support Win 2003 :(.
So I have to look for other softwares or methods to assist me.
Do you guys have any way to perform this operation without using any
3rd party tools??
you could do a full backup of your data partition to an external medium.
Delete the partition.
Boot from a Vista or Server 2008 DVD.
In system repair options open the command prompt.
Use diskpart to extend the disk (dont forget to add the size parameter as
described in http://support.microsoft.com/kb/325590).
The DVD boot is necessary, because the Windows Server 2003 version of
diskpart does not allow to extend the system partition.
Recreate the data partition and restore the files.
Best greetings from Germany
Olaf
 
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I found this article at in a forum.You may have a look.

"PartitionMagic, while under PowerQuest, was updated regularly, adding new and useful features. Since Symantec purchased the application in 2003[1], there has not been a new release, and Symantec has stated that it has no plans on releasing a new version." You can check at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Partition_Magic. You may try some other ones,such as Acronis, EASEUS,etc.
By the way, There are some info I picked up from website:

1. Without partition software. You can resize other partitions, just not the boot partition which is the one that the Windows server 2003 files are located on. To resize it, use the disk configuration tool after starting up with the 2003 disk. You'll have to reinstall when you do this.

2. There is no free windows server 2003 partition software, there are two great partition software for windows server 2003.

* Partition Magic will do not the trick. Use Norton Ghost to copy the partition onto another HD, and uninstall your Windows Server 2003. Then install Windows Operating System which Partition Magic supported, such as Windows 2000, XP.
* EASEUS Partition Manager has the same functions, and as you know, partition magic has stopped upgrading, so this might be your best choice. Notice, you need to use EASEUS Partition Manager Server Edition - windows server 2003 supported. This partition software can help you repartition easily under windows server 2003.You can have a try yourself: http://www.softpedia.com/reviews/windows/EASEUS-Partition-Manager-Server--Review-92249.shtml
 
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Easy to solve this problem

sorry to reply a thread that is 1 year old, but I think the answers are not good for the people who have the similar problem.
Partition Magic doesn't support Windows Server, of course you cannot resize partition with it on your server.
In fact, to operating system, RAID is the same storage device as the physical disk.
If there is other data partition on the same RAID array, you can shrink it and extend the system partition with the unallocated space.
To resize, extend partition on Windows server, you need Partition Magic server.
Remember to backup the system, as no partition software is 100% secure.
 
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Do not say sorry, zhuq, contrarily, thank you for this post, so I can solve my problem.
In fact, I have Windows server 2003 SBS with hardware RAID1, as the system partition is out of space and I have to expand it as soon as possible, but many users connected to this server, I cannot reboot my server. Thanks for the post and the SW, it expanded my server without downtime, great.
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Yes, partition magic doesn't compatible with Windows server, don't operate it on server os, especially on RAID. But server partition magic works well on the Servers. Remember that do not breadk the RAID array, backup the important file, and then run server partition magic to resize the partitions, see this guide to solve low disk space problem
 
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There are too much partition softwares similar with Partition Magic, such as Disk Director, Partition Assistant, Gparted etc. It is difficult to choose.
 
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