I have a computer running Windows Server 2003, and the hard disk drive in it has only several hundreds of GB. Recently, I continuously get Low Disk Space warning on C drive, although I have used Disk Cleanup and System Tools, and even removed everything from Recycle Bin. I wonder an effective way to fix Server 2003 C drive running out of space.
Low Disk Space warning is a commonly seen alert for most computer users. Well then, what users will come across once it occurs to partition?
1. Fail to clear up file fragments: during the course of using computer, the system will produce heaps of file fragments which will accumulate. Providing that there are so many fragments, the system will spend much time in looking for needed files when reading files, greatly lowering disk performance and posing negative influence on hard disk itself (shortening service life).
2. Slow down startup speed: as relative statistics show, the capacity of free disk space will directly affect startup speed, when operating systems are the same. Generally, the more left disk space there is the higher the startup speed will be. As a result, when system partition runs out of space, running speed of the whole system will be lowered.
3. Unable to gain timely system patches: as is well known, operating system updates continuously, so it asks for timely patches to protect itself against those severe system bugs. When the disk space in C drive gets really low, users can not realize system updates. Under certain circumstance, users’ private data could be put in great danger.
To efficiently avoid the mentioned issues, users need to timely fix C drive running out of space. Well then, is there any solution? Actually, expanding C drive is suggested most.
Strategy 1. Diskpart command line
To perform partition resizing, computer users may think of “diskpart” exe. Let’s see whether it is workable or not.
1. Open the Command Prompt Tool by clicking Start > Run, and then entering “cmd”.
2. Type “diskprt” to start operating.
3. Here, enter “list volume” to view all volumes in the chosen disk, and then type “select volume m”(m represents the target volume number).
4. Input “extend” order to enlarge capacity of C drive.
As it presents, the command line fails to perform Windows Server 2003 C drive expansion after all those operations are done. What are the exactly reasons? Actually, the extend command can work only when there is unallocated space right behind target partition, and the partition to be managed can not be system or boot partition. Therefore, users have to turn to other solutions if the preconditions can not be met. Actually, server partitioning software – MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition is greatly helpful.
Strategy 2. Server partition software
Users just need to download the software and then install to proper location. After that, take those steps:
1. Launch MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition to open its main interface:
2. In the main interface of the software, choose the partition to be expanded (here, directly choose C drive) and then click “Extend Partition” from left action panel.
3. Specify a location (a partition with much unused space left or an unallocated space) to take free space from, and then drag the sliding handle to take needed capacity of space. After that, click “OK” to go back to main interface of the software.
4. Backing to main interface, click “Apply” button to confirm partition expansion effect.
The recommended MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition fulfills enlarging Server 2003 partition capacity within a few steps. Thus, when same or similar issue occurs, hurry to try the software.