If you are planning to buy new a laptop or a desktop, please focus much on disk space allocation issues. Why do we say so? Here is a typical example reflecting the high significance of reasonably partitioning hard disk drive:
The OS partition – C drive in my Windows Server 2003 computer was sized to 40 GB, while other data partitions were configured to have 100 GB, respectively. And there is still some unallocated in the disk. After installing indispensable programs to C drive, I find there is little free space left there. However, system updates need space as well, so partition extension becomes quite necessary. I wonder an excellent way to change partition size for Windows 2003 Server without posing any negative influence on chosen partition.
1. Disk Management tool
Supporting performing basic disk and partition management operations, the snap-in can be accessed via several ways. For instance, users can click Start, choose Run and type “diskmgmt.msc” to open it. Windows Server 2003 allows users to create volume, delete volume, format volume, change drive letter and paths, convert basic disk to GPT disk, etc. Since no feature is designed for partition volume expansion, users have to delete partition, gain disk space and then use the disk space to recreate a larger partition. Partition deleting will inevitably bring data loss issues. Even if users think of backing up data, it is a time-consuming process. As a result, users are not advised to adopt the way to extend Server 2003 system partition.
2. Diskpart command line
Diskpart exe is helpful to resize partition in Server 2003 under specified circumstances. For instance, the “extend volume” command works only when there is unallocated space right behind target non-system partition. In terms of functional limitations, users can not move partition and shrink partition in certain operating system. Thus, using the toolkit is not the best way to get a system partition resized.
Is there any software to perfectly resize Windows Server 2003 C drive? Definitely, there is and MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition with excessively high disk partitioning capability is of high recommendation. It is given with comprehensive disk and partition management features, and other eye-catching highlights include high reliability, wide compatibility and excellent operability. Here, the example of extending system partition is introduced.
Users just need to follow those steps to perform partition extension, if they have done software downloading and installation.
1. Launch MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition to open its main interface.
2. In the main interface of the server partitioning software, choose the target partition and click “Extend Partition” from “Operations” column.
3. Under “Take Free Space from” tab, choose a partition with much unused space left or an unallocated space to take free space from. After that, drag sliding handle to take needed capacity of free space, and then click “OK” button to go back to main interface of the software.
4. Backing to main interface, click “Apply” button to make final confirmation if users are satisfied with the presented partition extension effect.
We have explained partition extension with the recommended MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition. For more information about how to increase partition size Windows Server 2003, please click the quick link here.