Problem description: Recently, I had a disk space issue on my Windows 2003 Server R2 virtual machine. To be specific, the D: drive is running out of space. Thus, I really need to extend D: drive in VM 2003 Server R2 immediately. Can I turn to Windows built-in disk management tool?
Answer: although the Windows 2003 server R2 disk management tool provides some basic functions to manage partitions, its functionality is limited and it cannot resize partition (illustrated above). At this time, you can turn to partition magic software.
As everyone knows, partition management software can help to easily and quickly resize partition.
And there are lots of different partitioning tools on the internet. MiniTool Partition Wizard is recommended here because it doesn’t need complicated operating steps and skills. Unlike other programs, it provides wizard-like interfaces and operating prompts. Besides, it can operate FAT and NTFS partition. What’s more, it has high security and excellent performance.
To extend D: drive in VM 2003 Server R2, users need to install MiniTool Partition Wizard on computer according to prompts at first, and launch it to open its main interface. Note: it’s recommended to download the server edition because the home edition doesn’t support Windows Server operating system. At this time, users can see all disks and partitions and information about them. Next, select the D: drive users would like to increase and click “Extend Partition” feature from the left action panel.
In the pop-up window, take free space from an existing partition (can be any partition except itself, and users can choose the most suitable one according to actual situations) or unallocated space, and drag the sliding button to determine how much free space to take. After that, click “OK” button to go back to the main interface.
Finally, click “Apply” button on the left to execute all changes to computer. After all operations are done, users are successful to extend D: drive in VM 2003 Server R2 without influencing the original data.