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PartInfo reports "WARNING: Partition above extends beyond the end of disk.". How to fix?

Created: 12 Feb 2014 • Updated: 24 Feb 2014 | 22 comments
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I used SSR2013 to move a disk image of SBS2003 to new hardware. However, I made a mistake creating the raid partition. The virtual drive is 3.6 TB, too big for Windows Server. However, I set the size of drive C: to 1.8 TB when restoring. So drive C: appears to be 1.8 TB and everything works except SSR2013 which reports out of memory and will not backup drive C:. The problem seems to be reported in PartInfo text file as "WARNING: Partition above extends beyond the end of disk".

Can I do anything to fix the partition table? Because of the error, I cannot image the server and so I can't recreate the partition.

 
 
 
=========================================================================================================================
Disk Geometry Information for Disk 0         Sector Count: 3,513,622,528   (486,062 Cylinders, 255 Heads, 63 Sectors/Track)
Signature: 97F797F7
Detected Sector Size:   512
Detected Alignment:     1 MB
.........................................................................................................................
System               Part Table LBA   # Boot     BCyl Head Sect FS      ECyl Head Sect       StartSect         NumSects
=========================================================================================================================
C:\
   On Disk Values:                0   0  80         0   32  33  07      1023  254  63            2,048    3,712,587,776
   Calculated:                                      0   32  33        231098    7  13  
 
WARNING: Partition above extends beyond the end of disk.
 
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Partition Information for Disk   0:               1.64 TB
Volume Path            PartitionType  Status         Size      Part Table Lba   #     Start Sector    Total Sectors
====================================================================================================================
                       Unallocated    Pri               1 MB             None  --                0            2,048
C:\                    NTFS           Pri,Boot       1.73 TB                0   0            2,048    3,712,587,776
 

 

 

 

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Markus Koestler's picture

Simple: Shrink the partition in question by some MB/GB until the message disappears.

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Yep, under Server 2003 (I assume) you need a third party tool like gparted.

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TRaj's picture

Did this work ?

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SymORCHAdmin's picture

I haven't tried anything yet. I live in another state and not often on site. I am especially worried about changing the partition size and wiping out the disk in an instant. Because I can't get backups out of SSR2013 there is an element of risk.

Being remote I could use AOMEI Partition Assistant Lite and reboot it to fix the partition but anything could happen and then I would have no server and no up to date backup image to recover from. Way to terminate a career...

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Does anyone have any suggestions for a safe online way to reduce the partition table? It is 1.73TB but the problem seems to be the large unallocated space beyond that.

Thanks,

 

TRaj's picture

I would backup my system and perform a shrink. Unallocated space issues usually don't have a easy way out.

 

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SymORCHAdmin's picture

Its a catch 22 though, how do I backup the server when the SSR2013 fails because of the partition size?

Thanks,

 

Markus Koestler's picture

Just boot into the SRD and perform an offline backup.

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SymORCHAdmin's picture

Just boot into the SRD and perform an offline backup.

I'm hoping that it will work booted off the SRD. Good to hear that it will. I now have to arrange a time to be onsite.

Thank you for your help,

 

TRaj's picture

Hope you know how to create SRD and take the offline backup ?

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I always used to do the disk images offline and only recently tested restoring the server from the online incremental backups. I will be back onsite in 2 days and I would like to report the success (or otherwise) for an offline backup image. If online backups refuse to work I am sceptical that an offline boot from SRD will be different. Let me report back.

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SymOrchAdministrator's picture

OK, I have fixed the problem. SRD boot disk will indeed backup the server image even if the partition size is too big. I then sucessfully recovered it to a <2TB virtual drive. Partinfo.exe and backups in general are all now very happy. Thank you for your assistance.

Because I restored to new hardware, I could then try gparted on the original server. I could change the size of the disk by reducing it 1 gb. It didn't wipe the disk, but this did not fix the problems. I'm not sure that repeating this a few times would have done any good.

Anyways, I have used SSR in dire emegencies or hardware upgrades and it does work for me.

Regards,

 

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