|Brian Stempin on 23 Apr 2008 14:00:47 -0700|
If I remember correctly, the W2k3 server utilities don't allow you to shrink a volume (as you can already tell). The only time I've had to shrink a volume was on my WinXP Pro desktop. I don't know if it will work with your particular setup (I was not using dynamic disks), but here's what I did:
1. Boot up Knoppix
2. Defrag the volumes -- this will compact the data and ensure that no pieces of data are in the part of the disk that you're going to reallocate
3. Use ntfsresize (included with Knoppix)
A few things to note:
1. ntfsresize can shrink or expand partitions. I would not recommend using it to expand partitions....Windows already has tools for doing this, so it's best to use them.
2. AFAIK, this only works with a single disk. I don't think this will work correctly with a hardware or software RAID
3. Backup before doing this....it is very easy to lose data while doing this (I've one it once before)
4. If this volume contains the boot sectors, you might have to use your Windows 2003 CD boot into rescue mode and to reinstall the boot sectors.
On Wed, Apr 23, 2008 at 4:00 PM, Mark Baker <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
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