Managing my Windows Server 2008 computer is always a headache, for I lack professional knowledge. Now, I am suffering from the disturbing situation where the system partition can not accommodate the newly installed application data. To solve the issue, I wonder an easy solution to extending Windows Server 2008 volume when there is not enough space.
For better administration, space management and access control, computer users are supposed to reasonably partition hard disk. Partitioning here refers to the process by which users can make a different use of the separate divisions, namely partitions for file storage. Generally, a new hard disk in computer is split into system partition storing operating system files and data partitions containing personal data. Certain disk space allocation mode contributes a lot to the security control and resource management, especially for a server which have a large database. However, original partitioning may not meet changeable demands.
Why do we say so? As time goes by, more and more data will be stored to system partition, but it has limited disk space. Therefore, partition resizing is needed to improve the situation. There are multiple ways to resize partition, and we would like to introduce several commonly adopted ones.
1. Windows built-in tools
Windows Server 2008 Disk Management tool works under specified circumstances, though it provides users with partition resizing features Extend Volume and Shrink Volume, For instance, the partition extending function works only when there is unallocated space right behind target NTFS partition. And there is no function to move partition. In terms of Diskpart exe, it has the same functional limitations and defects as Disk Management tool. Moreover, it is quite complicated for inexperienced computer users to operate, so it is also of low recommendation.
2. Server partition manager
We are now benefitting a lot from the more and more mature partitioning technologies, and excellent Disk Management alternatives are easy to find on software market. Here, professional MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition is strongly suggested for users. Talking about functionality, it is much more powerful than Windows partitioning tools. It enables users to create partition, delete partition, extend partition, merge partitions, split partition, rebuild MBR, align all partitions, copy disk, wipe disk, etc. Here, detailed operations to expand Server 2008 system volume are explained.
If software downloading and installation are performed, users can follow the guidance below to enlarge capacity of specified partitions.
Step 1. Launch MiniTool Partition Wizard to open its main interface.
Step 2. In the main interface of the server partitioning software, choose target partition and click “Extend Partition” from left action panel.
Step 3. Here, specify a partition with much unused space left or an unallocated space to take free space from. After that, drag the sliding handle to take needed space and click “OK” button to go back to main interface of the software.
Step 4. Backing to main interface, users can find that the chosen partition has been enlarged. However, it is only preview effect. To apply the effect, users need to click “Apply” button in the upper left corner.
The powerful partition magic server has fulfilled Windows Server 2008 system partition expansion within a few steps. For more information about certain operations, please visit the quick link here.