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How do we move Exchange from the C drive to the D drive?

We have got a new Dell Server PowerEdge 2800. Dell has configured the C drive with 12 GB and the D drive with 250 GB. When we set up Exchange, instead of setting Exchange on D drive, we set it up on the C drive -- and now we have only 3 GB left. How can we move our Exchange from the C drive to the D drive? Also, how long it will take to move and what risks would beinvolved?

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The simplest approach is to not struggle with reinstalling Exchange, rather just move the Exchange Information Store(s) from the C drive to the D drive during your next scheduled downtime. I recommend you perform a full backup prior to the move, just in case there is a copy error, and again after the move, because any prior backups cannot be restored once moved.

To move a store, use Exchange System Manager to navigate to the desired IS. Right click Properties and select the Database tab. From there, for the .EDB portion of the file, create a new folder on D. Repeat for the .STM portion of the file. When you click apply, the store will be dismounted, the data moved and the store restarted on completion.

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This was first published in December 2004

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