I have a computer running Windows Server 2003 R2 and its disk space distribution configuration is displayed as follows: the primary partition C formatted with NTFS has 50 GB, and it is the boot and system partition. There are other three data partitions: D, E, F drive sized to 100 GB respectively. The rest part is the unallocated space totally about 100 GB. As time flies, the free space left in the system partition can not meet actual demands for data storage, so I want to get the partition resized. How can I extend OS partition in Windows Server 2003 R2 without reinstalling everything?
Windows Server 2003 R2, an update of Windows Server 2003, was released to manufacturing on December 6, 2005. The R2 update was released for all x86 and x64 versions. Built on Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2 takes advantage of the stability and security of the code base while extending connectivity and control into new areas. Under Windows Server 2003 R2, users can gain those improvements: Branch office server management, Storage setup management, Identity and access management, Application development inside and outside organization’s traditional boundaries.
The only available tool from Windows Server 2003 R2 to resize partition is diskpart exe, while in Windows Server 2008 and SBS 2008 users can resort to GUI utility – Disk Management tool. Moreover, diskpart version in Windows 2003 does not integrate the function to shrink partition and move partition. The extend command is also defective, for it works only when the partition to be managed is a NTFS data partition. In other words, if the target partition is formatted with FAT/FAT 32 or the partition is boot/system partition, users can not use the command for partition resizing. Well then, how to extend system partition in Windows Server 2003 R2?
Actually, resorting to some excellent server partition managers is the right choice, and professional MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition is one of them. It enables users to manage disk or partition under various Windows operating systems. Here, we would like to introduce how to get C drive extended with the recommended software.
Users need to firstly download and install the powerful server partitioning software, and then take those steps:
Step 1. Launch MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition to open its main interface.
Step 2. From the main interface of the software, choose target partition to be expanded and click “Extend Partition” from “Operations” column.
Step 3. Specify a proper location under “Take Free Space from” tab to take free space from. It can be a partition with much unused space left or an unallocated space. After that, drag the sliding handle to gain needed capacity of free space and click “OK” button to return to main interface of the software.
Step 4. Here, users need to check the partition extension effect of C drive. If it is as expected, users can click “Apply” button in the upper left corner to make final confirmation.
After performing all those operations, the chosen C drive has been successfully enlarged. Need a piece of partition management software for Windows Server 2003 R2, MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition will never let you down.