Solved I want to use an alternate drive for virtual memory in Serve

July 23, 2013 at 14:47:31
Specs: Windows Server 2003, 4 gb RAM
I recently installed Windows Server 2003 on a new 1 Tb drive. I made the mistake of partitioning only 10 Gb for the operating system which is called "C:". That partition is filled up pretty good now and I have been having paging errors because the virtual memory allotment is pushing the drive capacity over full. I would like to assign the virtual memory to another drive letter where I have lot's of space and then eliminate the virtual memory allotment on C:. I have found the area in computer management where I can change these settings and I have added virtual memory space on a different drive letter but when I try to eliminate the space on C: I get a warning that "windows may not be able to create a debugging file if a stop error occurs. Do you want to proceed anyways?" Is this a safe procedure? Can I move my virtual memory page file to an alternate drive?

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July 23, 2013 at 16:08:34
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You only need that c: pagefile IF you ever needed the debug file.

In 20 years I have never found the debug file to solve a darn thing. If you needed to you can always put the pagefile back again if you found yourself in that position.

It is actually a server pagefile recommendation to NOT have the page file on the same spindle [drive] as the OS due to disk access contention [OS wants access as does the pagefile causing io conflict]

This is not accomplished if the partition you are moving the pagefile to is on the same drive.

With that said I have had no issues with deleting the pagefile on c:

You really should repartition the drive differently though. You will hit a space wall very soon with only 10gig for OS. A few service packs could eat that up pretty well.

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July 24, 2013 at 04:51:42
Thank you Wanderer. The problem with the drive size became apparent when the OS updates started coming through shortly after installation. I have moved all of the temp files related to automatic updates to a different partition to free up as much space as possible. It is a pretty big job to reload the operating system and re-partition the main HD. I looked around for a utility that would allow me to change the size of my root partition and there are several that claim to do this but I am leery about it because the server is so important and because none that I saw are offered by a well known drive management or manufacturer. Do you have any recommendations in this regard?

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July 24, 2013 at 05:23:36
You could always use disk management to extend the volume by merging another partition into it (which means making the drive a dynamic drive if it is not already so) - that should be a totally safe operation. Alternatively, a less flexible way of extending a partition is to mount another partition on a directory, as is done in Unix.

Having said that, you really shouldn't be in a situation where you are worried about destroying your install partition - that's why you have a good, tested backup and disaster recovery plan. What are you going to do should your hard disk fail?


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#4
July 24, 2013 at 05:48:43
Hello ijack. It was my understanding that the root partition was not extendable through windows server 2003 utilities. The drive is not dynamic now. Is there any inherent risk to converting it to dynamic? I do have some un-partitioned space left on the drive and I would like to extend C: if possible. I'll look into that again. As far as the back-up plan, we do do daily incremental back-ups and weekly full back-ups but I am sure I don't want to go through the exercise of starting over. Just so we know what I'm doing here, I work for a small machine shop with about 15 PCs file and internet sharing through our small server. I am primarily a toolmaker but I am the closest thing to an IT guy we have here. Thanks again for the replies!

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#5
July 24, 2013 at 07:13:27
I'm sorry, it appears that you are correct. You cannot extend the System Volume in Server 2003 (well, you can, but it involes mounting the disk in another computer and is probably more complicated than you want.). The only way to extend the volume would be to use a third-party tool, such as Partition Magic; unfortunately, the server versions of these tools are rather expensive.

You can still use the trick of mounting a partition on a directory if this would help.

http://www.mydigitallife.info/how-t...


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July 24, 2013 at 12:40:58
It maybe a pain to backup everything and then redo your installation with the correct partition sizes but it will be less pain than where you are headed.

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