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Extending Windows Partition Using DiskPart.exe

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Microsoft Windows 2003 Server supports failover clustering to offer high availability of applications, services, and other system resources using an architecture. This architecture maintains consistent image of cluster on all the nodes, which enables them to transfer the resources ownership as and when required. Windows 2003 Server enables you to extend hard drive partitions in a clustered environment, with the help of DiskPart.exe utility. You can use the Extend command of DiskPart.exe utility to extend Windows hard drive partitions. Under some circumstances, you may lose the volume information while extending hard drive partitions. This behavior leads to critical partition loss and require partition recovery, if backup is not available.

DiskPart.exe, a command-line utility in Windows operating system, enables you to manage hard drive, partitions, and volumes. The utility takes command-line parameters as well as scripts as input. This command is followed by volume or partition, which is chosen and kept on focus.

You can use this utility for extending your Windows hard drive partitions, only if your system can fulfill the pre-defined requirements. Among such requirements, additional free disk space availability at end of the existing drive is the most significant one. In some situations, you may lose the volume information after extending a Windows volume.

In a practical scenario, you may come across the below error message when you move a Windows hard drive volume after extending it through DiskPart.exe tool:

“The system cannot find the path specified.”

The above error message generally occurs when you try to access data from a Windows partition after moving it.


It possibly occurs due to missing or damaged volume information on Microsoft Windows hard drive. The information may be lost when you try to extend a Windows partition, which does not contain extra free disk space at the end of it.


To sort out this behavior and perform Windows partition recovery, you are required to restore data from backup. For absolute recovery, the backup must be valid and updated. However, if the backup is not current, partition recovery software are required to retrieve lost Windows partitions.

The applications are specifically designed to scan entire hard drive using advanced scanning techniques and extract all lost partitions from it. They recover partition in a quick, safe, and easy way.

Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery software recovers lost, deleted, corruption, or missing Windows hard drive partitions in all partition loss scenarios. The software with non-destructive conduct and interactive user interface, recovers NTFS5, NTFS, FAT32, VFAT, FAT16, and FAT12 file system partitions. It works well with Microsoft Windows 7, Vista, 2003, XP, and 2000.

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