I started a CRM POC in a new server with very little configuration. Later kept using the same for the project. After almost more than a year, I realised that I would need more space in my C:\ drive as the system is running out of space due to cumulative system updates and backup files.
Generally, extending the Drive volume can be easily be done using Disk Management when you add some unallocated volume space.
It would run through a series of steps in a wizard and very easily you would be able to allocate extra volume for the hard drive C:\ to extend. But unfortunately, when you have Drive C:\ and D:\ together, then you wouldn’t be able to extend Drive C:\ alone. This is because the options for Extend Volume is disabled.
Whereas, the drive D:\ can be extended easily with the options of Extend Volume Enabled.
The main reason being; there is a partition/drive (in my case it’s drive D:\) between the drive C:\ and the unallocated space. Hence the reason there is no issues in extending the drive D:\ as it has the unallocated space right next to it.
So, in order to extend the drive C:\ , we need to make sure that there is no partition/drive (drive D:\) between C:\ and unallocated space. Basically we need to bring the unallocated space right next to the C:\ drive.
And the best way to do this is:
- Shrink the current Volume D:\
- Create a new drive Volume (E:\) from the Unallocated space.
- Cut-Paste all the contents from drive D:\ to E:\
- Delete the drive D:\ to change to change the status to unallocated space next to drive C:\
- Extend the drive C:\
- Rename the drive E:\ to D:\
I’ll be demonstrating all the points steps by step below:
- Shrink the current Volume D:\ so that you can add more space to the later new drive D (enough space for file transfer later)
Right click on the drive D:\ and select the option to Shrink Volume.
2. Create a new drive Volume (E:\) from the Unallocated space.
Right click on the unallocated disk and select the option to create ‘New Simple Volume’.
It would run through series of steps in a wizard. Simply click on next choosing the default options as they are recommended and drive E:\ will be created.
3. Cut-Paste all the contents from drive D:\ to E:\
Next would be to transfer all the contents to the new drive.
4. Delete the drive D:\ to change the status to unallocated space next to drive C:\
5. Extend the drive C:\
Now that we have the unallocated space beside drive C:/, the Extend Volume option would be enabled.
6. Rename the drive E:\ to D:\
Though this step is optional but it would be very helpful in case you have some reference files in an object and it searches for then in Drive D:/
Finally, I was able to Extend my C:/ drive with some extra space.
This is a simple and a better approach for moving the unallocated space between the drives, in order to help extend the next partition/drive. If there are multiple partition/drive then this process becomes quite complex and cumbersome. I’m going to discuss another approach of doing the same with a free (open source) 3rd party tool with much ease in my next blog here.
Hope this would be helpful to someone. Thanks! 🙂