During the course of using computer, users may have encountered partitioning issues, but what if the target partition is an OS volume. Once improper operations are done to certain partition, boot failure may occur and users may suffer from data loss issues. Therefore, pay high attention to what you are doing to chosen partition.
OS partition refers to the disk partition containing the Windows System files and its support files. Generally speaking, C drive is always configured to be OS partition, also system partition, which is the most significant part of the whole hard disk drive. It will directly influent the performance of computer such as running efficiency. As a result, it is quite important to size certain partition and resize it after a long time of computer use.
Well then, how to extend OS volume in Windows Server 2003? Windows does provide partitioning tools such as Disk Management snap-in and Diskpart exe. However, as we can see Extend Volume and Shrink Volume are not available until Windows Server 2008. Though diskpart command line supports extending, it does not apply to system volume. Therefore, users have to seek other ways to get OS volume resized. Actually, a piece of server partitioning software can effectively tackle those issues. Since performance of software varies and it is hard to identify, we highly recommend users to try professional MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition.
The recommended software is capable of managing disk and partition in an excellent way. Besides high partitioning capability, the software has earned wide popularity by virtue of its excellent compatibility, high reliability and operability. Here, the example of expanding Server 2003 OS volume is explained.
Follow the tutorial below, if users have done software downloading and installation.
Step 1. Launch MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition to open its main interface.
Step 2. In the main interface of the software, choose target system partition from disk mapping area and click “Extend Partition” from left action panel.
Step 3. Specify a location to take free space from. It can be a partition with much unused space left or an unallocated space. Then, drag the sliding handle to obtain needed capacity of free space. After that, click “OK” button to return to main interface of the software.
Step 4. Backing to main interface, users can click “Apply” button in the upper left corner to make final confirmation.
C drive has been successfully expanded, after all those operations are done. For more information about how to extend system partition in Server 2003, please reference the quick link here.