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How to delete a partition on the F: drive with Oracle on Windows

I have a question about where Oracle is installed on a Windows partition. I have a Windows 2003 Server/sp2 on which Oracle is installed in the F: drive of Raid 5. We are facing a serious issue with disk space on the F: drive. After screening disk management options, we found out that we have our OS on C:, and the other partition we have created as the primary partition -- instead of the extended and then logical partition.

We wanted to delete that partition (F:) and create a new extended/logical partition. My question is, if we back up the F: drive, delete the partition and restore backed-up data back to the F: drive, will there be problem in the application?

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If you shut down all Oracle software, back up the F: drive, recreate the F: partition with more space, and restore the backup's contents to the drive, then you should have no issues when you try to start up the Oracle software.

This was first published in October 2008

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