After hard disk configuration process, my Windows Server 2008 hard disk drive is divided into several parts including system partition which gains the drive letter “C”, several data partitions and some unallocated space. Since Windows system files and application programs eat up lots of disk space, there is little free space left in C drive. I guess it is exact reason why I frequently get “Low Disk Space” warning now.
The system partition contains the hardware-related files and the boot files, so it will directly affect the performance of the computer and running speed of programs and applications. If users want to maintain the machine in a normal running state, they need to configure it to have minimum amount of disk space available in system partition. If the available free disk space falls under the value, the system itself will take timely actions to maintain minimum performance capabilities.
However, those self-remedial measures can not solve those kinds of issues actually. The most effective way to eradicate the disturbing issue is expanding capacity of system partition, reallocating more free space to it. Well then, how to expand hard drive system partition in Windows Server 2008 becomes a leading concern. Windows Server 2008 provides disk partitioning tools including Disk Management tool and diskpart command line. Can those two work for all disk and partition management situations?
There is a typical example: low disk space issue happens to system drive and there is no unallocated space right behind the partition. Since there are three preconditions of using extend command in Windows Server 2008 Disk Management tool and requirement for location of unallocated space is not met here, users can not use the command to perform partition extension. In such cases, they need to delete partition and then recreate to attach the goal. Partition deleting will absolutely bring troubles like data loss, so users are not recommended to try this method. How about diskpart command line? It shares the same working theory with Disk Management tool, so users can see certain defect as well. There is a perfect solution to extending capacity of Server 2008 system partition – using third-party server partition manager. Here, professional MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition is highly recommended.
Users need to firstly download the software and then install it to a proper location. After that, follow the guidance below:
Step 1. Launch MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition to open its main interface.
Step 2. In the main interface of the software, choose the target system partition from disk mapping area and click “Extend Partition” from left action panel.
Step 3. Specify a preferred location to extract free space from “Take Free Space from” tab. Then, drag the sliding handle to gain needed capacity of free space and click “OK” button to go back to main interface of the software.
Step 4. Backing to main interface of the software, users can preview that the chosen partition has been resized. To apply certain effect to computer, users can click “Apply” button in the upper left corner.
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