I am sure many of us being Systems Administrator have struggled at time to keep the free space on Servers. especially the system partition on Windows 2003 Server right ?
Even after deleting the log files, some how the OS grows as it has to get its monthly security updates from Microsoft and other software installs .. etc.
I know, most people try to use DiskPart command line utility, but it does not work on the system partition or I should say OS partition in lay man’s term.
In the new OS like Windows 2008 pr 2008 R2 etc., we don’t need to worry about this as the OS has new feature to shrink or expand the system partition with out rebooting the server. which mean no down time.
So, how can we expand or extend the NTFS formatted C drive on 2003 Server with out rebooting it?
Solution is a utility called ExtPart from Dell. its a simple command line utility easy to use tool to expand or extend the size of your C drive provided you have more disk space or another partition that is un-formated.
The solution is to extract the binary after downloading on a 32 bit OS and use it on a 64 bit OS and its work.
Their you go! you can now expand the C drive with out rebooting the OS 🙂
the link given below takes you to Dell website what has the ExtPart utility :
Hope you find my post useful and if you have any question please feel free to comment below.