After the vendor helped me install Windows Server 2003 on my newly bought computer, I forgot to check disk space distribution, and then I found that the system partition – C drive was sized to have only 30 GB. The already-installed programs have almost eaten up the disk space in it. Therefore, I wonder how to add disk space to C drive on Server 2003?
As a command-line hard disk partitioning utility, diskpart enables computer users to manage objects (disks, partitions, volumes) by using scripts or directly inputting commands. Resorting to Diskpart in Windows Server 2003, users can add a mirror to a simple volume, mark basic partition as active, convert between different disk forms and extend a volume. Is it works for Server 2003 system partition extension? Here, the detailed operations are displayed:
Step 1. Press Windows logo and “R” keys on keyboard, and then type “cmd” to open Command Prompt tool.
Step 2. At the command prompt, enter “diskpart”.
Step 3. In diskpart console, type “list volume” to let the utility list out all recognized volumes in the computer.
Step 4. In diskpart console, users need to type “select volume n (n stands for target volume number).
Step 5. Enter “extend” command.
After typing “extend” command and pressing Enter, users will get the warning information that the chosen volume can not be extended. Why it happens? That is because Extend command works only when the following preconditions are met:
1. Target partition must be formatted with NTFS.
2. The unallocated space for the extension must be the next contiguous space on the same disk if users need to extend basic volume, while the unallocated space can be any empty space on dynamic disk for dynamic volume expansion.
3. The chosen volume can not be boot or system volume, for the toolkit can only support extending data volume.
In such cases, how to add disk space to C drive for Windows Server 2003 computer? Using third-party server partitioning software is a nice solution. And professional MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition is highly recommended for users.
Users who are expecting system partition expansion can follow those steps:
First step, download the software and then install it to proper location. After that, run the software to open its main interface.
Second step, choose target partition (here, directly choose C drive from disk mapping area) and then click “Extend Partition” from left action panel.
Third step, under “Take Free Space from” tab, choose a partition with much unused space left or an unallocated space to take free space from. Then, drag the sliding handle to gain needed capacity of free space. After that, click “OK” button to go back to main interface of server partition software.
Fourth step, click “Apply” button in the upper left corner to apply extension effect of C drive to computer, if the effect is satisfying.
After finishing all those operations, users are successful to get Windows Server 2003 system partition resized. Have you been attracted by the powerful MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition? Download it now to experience the amazing performance with the quick link here.