Extending a partition on a logical drive

(Microsoft Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and Windows NT 4.0 only)

If you have increased the size of a logical drive, you can extend the partition on that logical drive to use the newly added space.

Notes:
  1. To complete this procedure, you must be logged on as one of the following:
    • An administrator
    • A member of the Administrators group

  2. If your server is connected to a network, network policy settings might prevent you from completing this procedure.


Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003

  1. After completing "Increase logical drive space," shut down and restart the server.

  2. In the lower-left corner of the desktop, click Start Programs Administrative Tools Computer Management. The Computer Management window opens.

  3. Right-mouse click the volume and click Extend Volume.

  4. Follow the Extend Volume wizard instructions.
Notes:
  1. You cannot extend the following types of volumes:
    • Striped
    • Mirrored
    • RAID level-5
    • FAT or FAT32 format
    • System
    • Startup (boot)
    • Simple or extended volumes that were upgraded from basic to dynamic.

  2. You can extend a volume only if the volume is formatted using NTFS or does not contain a file system.

  3. You can extend a simple or extended volume only if the volume was created as a dynamic volume.

  4. You can extend a simple volume if the extension will occur within its original physical drive or onto additional physical drives.

  5. After a volume is extended onto multiple drives (spanned), it cannot be mirrored or striped.

  6. You can extend simple and spanned volumes on dynamic disks onto a maximum of 32 dynamic disks.

  7. After a spanned volume is extended, you cannot delete any portion of the volume without deleting the entire spanned volume.

Windows NT 4.0

  1. After completing "Increase logical drive space," shut down and restart the server.

  2. In the lower-left corner of the desktop, click Start Programs Administrative Tools (Common) Disk Administrator. The Disk Administrator window opens.

  3. Hold the Ctrl key down and right-click both the old volume and the new free space on the logical drive; then, click Extend Volume Set.

  4. Type the total size you want for the partition.

  5. Click OK.

  6. Right-mouse click the volume and click Commit Changes Now. A confirmation window opens.

  7. Click Yes. Another confirmation window opens.

  8. Click Yes.
Notes:
  1. You can extend a volume only if it is formatted using NTFS. You must convert FAT volume sets to NTFS before you can extend them.

  2. You can extend volume sets onto a maximum of 32 physical drives.

  3. You cannot extend the volume where the Windows NT 4.0 system files reside.

  4. After a volume is extended, you cannot delete any portion of the volume without deleting the entire volume.

 

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