Since the capacity of OS volume in my Windows Server 2003 computer is quite low, and I want to store some useful applications to the partition. Searching workable solutions on the Internet, I finally try extending the volume with Diskpart exe. Strictly following the operational guidance, I was informed by the system: the volume you selected cannot be extended. I wonder why it happens and available strategies. And the following interface displays the error message I received.
Diskpart.exe is a text-mode command interpreter enabling users to manage objects including disks, partitions or volumes by using scripts or directly inputting from a command prompt. It is not that powerful in disk and partition management. Users have to get fixed preconditions met, if they want to make use of certain features. And most users who resize Windows Server 2003 volume may come across the mentioned situation.
What are the exact reasons? Extend Volume works efficiently only when the following three conditions are met: Firstly, the target volume to be extended must be formatted with NTFS. Secondly, there must be unallocated space right neighboring to chosen partition. It is noteworthy that Windows Server 2003 cannot recognize unallocated space after the extended partition as usable free space (while some server partition software treat free space and unallocated space the same). Thirdly, the partition to be managed is a non-system volume.
We have explained possible reasons causing volume extension failure in Windows Server 2003 as above. Well then, how to repair the error” The volume you selected cannot be extended”? Actually, the mentioned functional limitations are broken with the high-speed development of server partitioning technologies. To simplify the selection of software, we highly recommend users to try professional MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition, which is given with multiple eye-catching highlights such as comprehensive functions, high reliability and excellent operability. To let users have a better understanding, we would like to introduce how to extend Server 2003 OS volume with the software.
Users are supposed to follow the guidance below:
1. Download and install the powerful server partition management software. After that, launch the software to open its main interface.
2. From the main interface of the software, choose target partition and click “Extend Partition” from “Operations” column.
3. In this console, choose a partition with much unused space left or an unallocated space to take free space. After that, drag the sliding handle to gain needed capacity of free space and click “OK” to go back to main interface.
4. Returning to main interface, users can preview that the chosen volume has been successfully enlarged. Since it is only preview effect, users need to click “Apply” button in the upper left corner to make final confirmation.
Wait until the excellent partition magic server fulfills all mentioned operations. It is easy to perform partition extension with MiniTool Partition Wizard. Hurry to download it via the quick link here if you are facing disk partitioning issues.