Help with Partitioning please

Discussion in 'backup, imaging & disk mgmt' started by beethoven, Nov 27, 2014.

  1. beethoven

    beethoven Registered Member

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    I am trying to get a server ready and the partitioning I got is not suitable. The Os is Windows 2008 R2 and Terabyte Imaging is installed already. I have done this before on a regular pc but never on a server and I want to avoid mistakes.

    Disk 0: At present the C drive shows up with only 40gb and is basically full. The M drive is empty. I would like to increase the C drive to a reasonable size ( 120 gb?) against the M drive. I am not sure what to do with the two partitions to the left of the C: drive.

    Disk 1: Data (D) is an internal secondary drive that is intended to store Data as the name suggest.
    Disk 2: E can be ignored - just a usb plugged in

    Image for Windows as well as some other software has been installed on the D-Drive which is not my preference. Once I have sufficient space, I would like to have programs on C and data on d.

    I have taken an image of c and d sitting on an external drive.

    What would be the best procedure to rearrange Disk 0 as intended - step by step please either via the inbuilt disk manager or using Terabytes products.
     

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  2. Brian K

    Brian K Imaging Specialist

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    beethoven,

    It looks like a Dell. Leave the first two partitions alone. Be aware the second partition (Recovery) contains the booting files.

    In BIBM, delete the 236 GB "New Volume" and then delete the Extended partition. Resize the 40 GB OS partition to your desired size. Next, create a partition in the remaining free space. Easy.
     
  3. beethoven

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    Thanks Brian, I just left this office and will only be back there next Friday but will give it a go then. While I have BIBM and will use it , a colleague is insisting I should be able to do this from the native disk management screen. Would that be more difficult or have other issues?
     
  4. Brian K

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    I'm sure you could do this from Disk Management. But I don't. Disk Management is fine with enlarging partitions but somewhat crippled with shrinking partitions. You are enlarging.

    Disk Management has a "bug".... (doesn't apply here)

    http://www.goodells.net/dellrestore/vista/vista-diskmgmt-bug.shtml

    Another aspect I don't like is Disk Management won't let you create a 4th Primary Partition. It creates a logical volume in an extended partition instead.
     
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  5. beethoven

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    Interesting reading - thanks - happy to follow your advice as always
     
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    Done all of that. Just wondering about the last step. What are the details I should use for the new partition at the end. At this point I will keep that as a reserve, don't yet know how I might have to use it?
     
  7. Brian K

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    It's up to you. You could create a Primary NTFS partition if you had a use for it otherwise leave it as Free Space.

    To create a new partition...
    Select the Free Space
    Create
    Give it a Name
    File System: 7/7h: HPFS/NTFS
    Accept the Size
    No other changes
    OK, OK, OK
     
  8. beethoven

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    Thank you - so lucky that you seem to be around whenever I am unsure - all is fine now :)
     
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