Recently, I’ve disturbed by my aged Windows Server 2003 computer which has two hard disk drives. I frequently get warning information that C: drive runs really low. Then, the machine fails and I have to stop all my business work. Moreover, data storage gets more and more difficult when I need to accommodate large capacity of data. I’ve ever thought of replacing the old hard disk with brand new SSD, but the old hard drives still function well and data transferring is always troublesome. Therefore, I desperately need the best way to partition hard drive for Windows Server.
Most computer users may have noticed the very fact that vendors always set the system partition too small when they are partitioning hard disk, and that usually makes users suffer. As time flies, the issue gets sharper: the machine performance gets lower and even crashes once the used space goes beyond the fixed value. Absolutely, low disk space is only one of the commonly seen disk partition issues. Does Windows Server 2003 give effective solutions?
Case 1. Diskpart command line
Diskpart enables users to manage multiple kinds of objects such as disks, partitions or volumes by using scripts or directly inputting from a command prompt. It covers many excellent features such as convert a basic disk to a dynamic disk, create a partition, extend NTFS volume and change drive letter, etc. Here, users need to extend C: drive for Windows Server 2003 to optimize system performance, so we will demonstrate the detailed operational steps with the Diskpart exe.
Step 1: click Start > Run, and enter “cmd” to open Command Prompt tool.
Step 2: Input “diskpart” command.
Step 3: Enter “list volume” to see all drives in the computer.
Step 4: Enter “select volume n” (n represents the volume to be managed).
Step 5: Input “extend” command to execute extension operation.
After all those operations are performed, users can find that system partition expansion fails. That is because there are multiple requirements for the “extend” command:
1. The partition or volume to be extended must be formatted with NTFS file system.
2. To extend basic volumes, users must ensure that the unallocated space must be next to target volume, while the unallocated space can be any empty area on any Dynamic disk on the system, if users want to extend dynamic volumes.
3. The extend command only supports extending data volumes, and extension of system or boot volumes will be blocked.
Only the requirement is met can users successfully perform partition extension.
Case 2. Disk Management
From the interface, users can see the limited disk partition management functions, and partition extension feature is not contained. Thus, users have to delete partition and then recreate partition to realize the goal. Naturally, it is energy-consuming. Actually, the powerful server partition software – MiniTool Partition Wizard has masterly improved the flaw – system partition extension in Windows Server with its powerful “Extend Partition” feature.
Here, detailed instructions on how to expand system partition for Windows 2003 are given:
After downloading and installing MiniTool Partition Wizard, users just need to follow those steps:
1. Launch the server partition magic to open its main interface:
2. After choosing target partition to extend from mapping area, click “Extend Partition” in “Operations“:
3. Specify a partition with much unused space left or an unallocated space to take free space from, and then drag the sliding handle to take disk space for extension. After that, click “OK” to return to main interface of the software.
4. As it presents, the chosen partition has been extended, but it is only preview effect. If it is what users need, click “Apply” button to apply it to computer.
Need to partition hard drive for Windows Server computer? Just download MiniTool Partition Wizard.