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Can't extended partition on Windows Home Server RRS feed

  • Question

  • The problem:
    Currently we have the main C drive partitioned as 20GB and we can't repartition it trying with several different partition tools.  The error message via one tool is "The volume you have selected may not be extended".  Other tools give similar messages.  The hard drive is 250GB RAID 1 mirror.

    What we tried:

    One suggestion as per https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/841650 doesn't include the Home server edition so not sure to risk it as it clearly states use as own risk.  We've tried Acronis partition software, G-Parted, DOS diskpart.exe command and Macrorit http://macrorit.com/partition-magic-manager/server-diskpart-fails-to-extend-system-partition.html

    Other suspicious info:

    1. System properties window says the operating system is "Windows Home Server".
    2. System Information window says the operating system is "Windows 2003 Small Business Server".

    The person who owns this server recalls purchasing Home Server edition.  So not sure if this is related or not, but it's conflicting information to find a solution.

    Bottom line, although this server is outdated and not fully supported any longer, we hope to keep it alive a bit longer if possible if we can just repartition the C drive and increase the free space.  Any suggestions other that replace the server are greatly appreciated as they are not prepared to spend the money to replace the entire server.

    Monday, March 23, 2015 1:06 AM

Answers

  • disk management and diskpart can only extend partition when there is unallocated space contiguous behind to the  partition, otherwise, the extend volume will gray out and you aren't allowed to extend partition. in this situation, you can try aomei partition assistant server version
    • Marked as answer by TwinBytes Inc Tuesday, March 24, 2015 12:58 PM
    Monday, March 23, 2015 7:54 AM

All replies

  • 1,2 both sound correct. This tool might help.

    http://www.dell.com/support/home/us/en/19/Drivers/DriversDetails?driverId=R64398

    I'd ask them more over here.

    https://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/home?category=WindowsHomeServer

     

     

     


    Regards, Dave Patrick ....
    Microsoft Certified Professional
    Microsoft MVP [Windows]

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    Monday, March 23, 2015 1:30 AM
  • disk management and diskpart can only extend partition when there is unallocated space contiguous behind to the  partition, otherwise, the extend volume will gray out and you aren't allowed to extend partition. in this situation, you can try aomei partition assistant server version
    • Marked as answer by TwinBytes Inc Tuesday, March 24, 2015 12:58 PM
    Monday, March 23, 2015 7:54 AM
  • Thanks. That's the fine print I was missing. By default some partition programs make space available only after the partition. Once I used another program allowing me to make free space in front of the partition it became available to increase the size on C drive. Thank you.
    Tuesday, March 24, 2015 1:00 PM