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Windows Server 2000/2003 Thread, Extend system partition server 2003 in Technical; Goto Computer Management - Disk Management Convert your C: drive to dynamic by right clicking on it and pressing convert ...
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    Goto Computer Management - Disk Management

    Convert your C: drive to dynamic by right clicking on it and pressing convert to dynamic.

    This will require a reset and would prevent any non windows os from booting from it. (that's not a problem your likley to have unless you dual boot a linux os)

    RESET SERVER:

    Goto Computer Management - Disk Management

    Your C: drive is now dynamic, you can simply extend the volume (it's now a volume not a partition) using disk management by right clicking on it and pressing extend volume.

    This is all built into Windows and was made for this stuff.

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    Did you do it yourself before? In fact, even if you convert the disk to dynamic, you cannot extend the system volume, too, it will cause problem worse, as no software can resize dynamic disks. Server 2008 could shrink and extend, but 2000 and 2003 cannot. So to backup and resize the server is better, see this tutorial http://www.hdd-tool.com/partition-ma...c-software.htm

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    Damn, thought I'd update this thread to say I was wrong Swore blind I'd done this in the past.
    @zhu you're right you can't do that! if you force it (like I did today) the server will BSOD and you'll have to restore it (not fun)...

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    2008 and 2008 R2 allow you to resize even the boot volume on the fly which is handy using Computer Management. Under 2003 you'll have to use some third party software which should in theory allow you to do it on the fly with the boot volume.

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    I've never thought extending the c drive was a good idea. Either rebuild of the server or move the location of the mailboxes and log files off of the c drive.

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    As I know, in Windows 2003, the built-in Disk Management could help you extend C drive when there is some free space that is exactly behind it.

    But, if your free pace is not behind it, don’t worry, there are also some partition tools that can help you, such as IM-Magic Partition Resizer Free, GParted and EaseUS Partition Master.

    Different partition tools always have their own characters. You should always select a proper one according to your own needs.

    Note: Also do not forget to back up everything important well in case of any data loss in the process of extending.

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    Nothing like bumping a thread that started in 07...

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    Hopefully the server is now on 2008r2 or 2012 running exchange 2010/2013.

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    I was worried a google search may mislead someone because I was mistaken. I was googl'ing a question when I saw this thread pop up. Didn't want someone desperate with their 2003 server too suffer further

    On a personal note. I'm still running 2003 (not even R2) domain controller (+DNS, DHCP). I've wrangled training to get an MCSA on server 2012, so I'm waiting to do it after. (summer 2014)

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    Quote Originally Posted by chazzy2501 View Post

    On a personal note. I'm still running 2003 (not even R2) domain controller (+DNS, DHCP).
    Ha. same here. Its also a file server and wds w/ mdt as well. Oh, and it holds impero server also.

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