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    Had a look, looks like I may be able to do that but will have to shut then server down first!

    Will let everyone know how it goes - I'll have to do it out of hours.

    Thanks everyone!

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    Once you've done that then you need to rescan the disks from the Disk Management snapin - you should then see unallocated space at the end of the drive, and you'll be able to extend C: into it.

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    I have done that - I have the unallocated space waiting... But C: wont let me extend - upon right click the option to expand is greyed out.

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    Hi have you seen this

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=RumwV9dtpSc

    Richard

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    Yes, although the options are greyed out for making Disk 1 bigger, possibly because the machine is on or it could be because this machine was migrated from a physical to a virtual.

    Ill power it down tonight and try it again tonight when everyone has gone home.

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    We have recently had to increase the size of the drives on a number of our virtual servers. We were pointed to the ExtPart utility on the Dell website. It's a command line tool that expands the drive to utilise unused space on the fly.

    Just add more space in vm, than run this tool and you're done.

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    You can also use the diskpart command line utility to do it quickly but if it is the system disk - which it is - you would need to do it 'offline' by booting into a command shell like windows pe from a windows disk or a ads server. You can then just select the drive, then partition and type expand which will expand the filesystem to use the available size, usually takes just a few seconds to run the command.

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    You cannot expand the system drive (c) using disk part. There are two options:

    Extpart which is on the fly

    Gparted which is offline.

    Nick

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    Quote Originally Posted by bart21 View Post
    You cannot expand the system drive (c) using disk part. There are two options:

    Extpart which is on the fly

    Gparted which is offline.

    Nick
    You sure can; I've had to expand the boot volume with diskpart on a couple of servers this year alone. The only trick is to boot up with WinPE first - just like @SYNACK has already stated.

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    Ok you can but not on the fly which is what I was getting at.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duke5A View Post
    You sure can; I've had to expand the boot volume with diskpart on a couple of servers this year alone. The only trick is to boot up with WinPE first - just like @SYNACK has already stated.
    Or if you can't be bothered to build a PE image, a 7/2008 R2 DVD/iso and shift-f10 to get the command prompt from the setup screen.

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