A. You can use the DiskPart utility from the Windows 2000 Server Resource Kit or the Win2K Professional Resource kit to extend an existing volume by performing the following steps:
- Download the DiskPart utility from the Microsoft website, then install it on your computer.
- Go to Start, Run, then type
to start a command-line session.
to start a DiskPart session.
to list the current volumes. The list will look like
- list volume
- Volume ### Ltr Label Fs Type Size Status Info
- ---------- --- ------------------- ----- -------- -------
- Volume 0 C NTFS Partition 10 GB Healthy System
- Volume 1 D Data NTFS Partition 9 GB Healthy Pagefile
to select the volume you want to extend.
- select volume <volume number>
to extend the selected volume. If you don't pass any parameters, DiskPart will use all unpartitioned space on the current disk. Alternatively, you can type
to set a size and disk to use for the extension.
- extent size=<size in MB> disk=<disk number>
when you're finished.
You can extend only volumes created on a dynamic disk, not volumes created on a basic disk that you've upgraded. If you try to extend volumes created on a basic disk, you'll receive the error "DiskPart failed to extend the volume. Please make sure the volume is valid for extending."
Learn more from "Initializing Windows Disks with DiskPart."