Utility: Extpart to Extend boot volumes (C:) for XP and 2003

extpartI wanted to share the utility we have been using regularly to extend boot volumes of XP and 2003 servers. I am sure there must be some other tools but as with this one I have never had an issue, I kept using it even with VMs. Although it states that no reboot is necessary, I had cased where I needed to reboot after applying and/or where I needed to run the OS in safe mode to be able to expand the boot volume. If you want to try, first test, and then test again.

You can download it from http://www.dell.com/support/drivers/us/en/19/driverdetails?driverid=R64398

1) Check the Partitions

2) run Expart in command line

3) Enter the disk you want to extend: c:

4) Enter in MBs space you want to add, not the total size of the volume you want to have:


(My alternative method on VMs is to attach the boot volume (after having copy of the vhd Smile), to another VM as its second disk and use diskpart to extend it. Then reattach the disk back to the original VM. You may need to delete the pagefile.)

Bulent Tolu

Bulent Tolu

Sr. Systems Engineer at VMware
Bulent is an IT professional with Master's in MIS and 10-years of experience in broad range of Information Technologies. He is exposed to engineering/architecting, implementation/integration, and administration of various high-available IT systems and infrastructure. He has a passion to continually research, test and evaluate new technologies and follow industry best practices to secure and optimize IT systems. Currently, he lives in Istanbul and works as a Sr. Systems Engineer at VMware.
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