Recently, I happen to find there is much unallocated space in my Windows 2003 computer hard disk, when I try to accommodate some application program files into C: drive. At that time, I was notified that the spare space in C: drive is not enough to meet the practical data storage. Therefore, I tend to extend C: drive Windows 2003 with Diskpart. I wonder if the command will do the trick for me.
Differing from any other command-line utilities, Diskpart, the text-mode command interpreter 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 all those features: convert a basic disk to a dynamic disk (The basic disk can either be empty or contain either primary partitions or logical drives. The basic disk can be a data disk or system or boot drive.), create a partition at an explicit disk offset, delete MBR OEM partitions, extend NTFS volume, change drive letter, etc.
Before users start the extension process, they need to pay high attention to those items:
1. The volume to be expanded must be formatted with the NTFS file system.
2. For Basic volumes, the unallocated space for the extension must be the next contiguous space on the same disk.
3. For Dynamic Volumes, the unallocated space can be any empty area on any Dynamic disk on the system.
4. Diskpart only supports the extension of data volumes. System or boot volumes may be restricted from being extended. In such cases, users may receive the warning information: Diskpart failed to extend the volume. Please make sure the volume is valid for extending.
Step-by-step operations to extend C: drive by using “diskpart” command will be demonstrated as follows:
1. Click under Start > Run and input “cmd” command.
2. Enter “diskpart” order in command prompt tool.
3. Input “list volume” order to show all the partitions in computer disk.
4. Input “select volume 1” to select target partition.
5. Input “extend” order to enlarge partition.
As users can see that the “diskpart” command finally fails the partition extension operation. Well then, how to realize C: drive extension? Here, users are recommended to use powerful server partition software – MiniTool Partition Wizard. The competent performance of it will surprise all users.
After performing software downloading and installation, users need to launch it to open its main interface:
1. Choose C: drive from mapping area, and click “Extend Partition” function in left action panel.
2. Since users would like to add the unallocated space into C: drive, they need to choose the unallocated space from “Take Free Space from” tab, and then drag the sliding handle to take free space. After that, click “OK” to go back to main interface.
3. If the presented partition expansion effect is exactly what users need, click “Apply” button in the upper left corner to make final confirmation.
The operation to extend Windows 2003 C: drive with the sever partition software is fulfilled within few steps. If users are in the same or similar situation, hurry to download MiniTool Partition Wizard.