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Windows Server 2008 R2 Thread, Hard Disk Space in Technical; Originally Posted by cpjitservices Here a screenshot to make it easier... You need to delete the green logical/extended partition so ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by cpjitservices View Post
    Here a screenshot to make it easier...
    You need to delete the green logical/extended partition so that the space shows up as unallocated like on the other drive (at least to start with).

    In GParted you could move the F partition to the end of the drive and then expand the C drive, although obviously this requires rebooting the server and has an element of risk.
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    What I'd recommend.

    1.Create a new partition at the end of the free space of 60gb and assign it g:\
    2. robocopy entire contents of f:\ to g:\
    3. remove any shares from f:\ folders and recreate them on g:\
    4: check everything is working as expected.
    5. delete the f:\ parition, reassign g:\ as F:\
    6: extend c:\ into the space where f:\ was

    when you recreate the shares will be your only "downtime" in this method - using gparted will require the server be booted into it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Domino View Post
    What I'd recommend.

    1.Create a new partition at the end of the free space of 60gb and assign it g:\
    2. robocopy entire contents of f:\ to g:\
    3. remove any shares from f:\ folders and recreate them on g:\
    4: check everything is working as expected.
    5. delete the f:\ parition, reassign g:\ as F:\
    6: extend c:\ into the space where f:\ was

    when you recreate the shares will be your only "downtime" in this method - using gparted will require the server be booted into it.
    Thanks @Domino I might just do this.

    Thanks everyone.

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    Are you archiving storage logs? C:\Windows\system32\winevt

    What about Windows Update C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrPerceptron View Post
    Are you archiving storage logs? C:\Windows\system32\winevt

    What about Windows Update C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download
    Both of those folders are a couple of hundred meg each. Thanks though!

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    In hindsight, easiest thing to say once done is done.

    You may have to bite the bullet introduce a new DC, transfer any FSMO roles making sure it is a Global Catalog and then demoting the old one, leaving it as a file server for now.

    To be honest I'd rather build a fresh server in the virtual environment where possible rather than P2V'ing

    Much better to build a fresh OS in the virtual environment and transfer the services.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davit2005 View Post
    In hindsight, easiest thing to say once done is done.

    You may have to bite the bullet introduce a new DC, transfer any FSMO roles making sure it is a Global Catalog and then demoting the old one, leaving it as a file server for now.

    To be honest I'd rather build a fresh server in the virtual environment where possible rather than P2V'ing

    Much better to build a fresh OS in the virtual environment and transfer the services.
    I'd agree, but right now I neither have the space or resources... I'm trying to sort this little job out then I'm on to a new job!!

    I have Robocopy, from Resource toolkit with GUI, which options do I need to set as when I click 'Run' I get done... but actually nothing has copied across ?

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    @Domino 's suggestion is the easiest with 0 downtime, or if you could wangle some downtime you can move the partitions around in something like gpartedit (warning ensure you have backups etc... as the world may end) but that way you can slide them all around and make the free space in the middle but if it goes mammaries skywards you will have to re-build it from scratch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by john View Post
    @Domino 's suggestion is the easiest with 0 downtime, or if you could wangle some downtime you can move the partitions around in something like gpartedit (warning ensure you have backups etc... as the world may end) but that way you can slide them all around and make the free space in the middle but if it goes mammaries skywards you will have to re-build it from scratch.
    Think I'm going to do with @Domino on this one, just need to figure out Robocopy or I May just see if Cobian will do it. Preserving timestamps and Permissions

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    Quote Originally Posted by Domino View Post
    Thanks got it!!

    I'm going to do it twice to make sure ... once with Robocopy and once with Cobian.

    Thanks all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cpjitservices View Post
    From reading on the internet.. Dynamic Disks are being typically used for anything larger than 2TB in size, mines a lot less.

    I reckon with permissions etc I Might be able to cheat in that I could use GParted to clone my F - into the Free space, delete F partition, resize Drive C and then Move the new partition on free space to 'F'.

    Surely there's a way to do this without taking the DC offline though ???

    As with all the other posts / comments about doing this ensure you have a good backup of the Server etc in case it goes sunny side up. Other option as per @nephilim's suggestion on one of those posts is to make a clone of the server ( image ) and restore that onto another server with a larger drive etc or into a vm with a larger partition ?

    Not sure if that is an option ?

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    I have a quick and dirty fix that you can use immediately

    Add a new drive in VMware, then mount the drive in disk manager (on the DC) as a folder, then fill that folder up to release space on the main drive.

    folder mount is cool

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    Quote Originally Posted by mac_shinobi View Post
    As with all the other posts / comments about doing this ensure you have a good backup of the Server etc in case it goes sunny side up. Other option as per @nephilim's suggestion on one of those posts is to make a clone of the server ( image ) and restore that onto another server with a larger drive etc or into a vm with a larger partition ?

    Not sure if that is an option ?
    Why bring me into this? I didn't say anything on this thread :/

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    Silly question - but what is disk1? How about making disk1 a new drive F and robocopying the contents of the old F drive into that? Then you can delete both the F and Free Space at the end of drive0 - making it all unallocated, hopefully you should be able to extend the C: drive (although this might depend on the version of Windows - older versions don't like extending the system drive for some reason).

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