I have never imagined how severe the issue I am suffering is until I frequently get Low Disk Space warning on Windows Server 2003 computer boot partition. Other unpleasant issues such as low system performance come along with the alert. Noticing there is some unallocated space in the same disk, I plan to extend boot partition. Is there any workable solution to increasing the size of the boot partition on a Windows 2003 Server with RAID 5?
RAID, short for Redundant Array of Independent Disks is a technology providing increased storage reliability through redundancy, combining multiple relatively low-cost, less-reliable disk drives components into a logical unit where all drives in the array are interdependent. And RAID 5 is the most prevalent one.
What if a partition in Windows Server with RAID 5 is needed to be resized? Some computer users propose that they can make use of Disk Management snap-in which provides users with basic disk and partition management functions. As a matter of fact, it can not work for users. That is because in Windows Server 2003, users are not allowed to extend/shrink RAID 5 volume. Thus, resorting to third-party server partition magic becomes necessary. How to choose a piece of fully qualified software? Actually, MiniTool Partition Wizard which supports operating RAID 5 can do the trick in an easy and secure way.
The recommended software is able to perform other advanced disk and partition management operations such as MBR rebuilding, surface test, partition merging, partition splitting, partition recovery and partition recovery. Here, the example of partition resizing is given for users’ further understanding.
If users want to use the suggested software to enlarge the capacity of boot partition for Windows Server 2003 with RAID 5, they need to firstly download it via the website: http://www.partitionmagicserver.com and then install it to a proper location. After that, take the following steps:
Step 1. Launch MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition to open its main interface:
Step 2. Directly choose boot partition: C drive from disk mapping area and then click “Extend partition” from “Operations” column to get the interface below:
Step 3. Expand “Take Free Space from” tab by clicking the black triangle, and then choose a partition with much unused space left or an unallocated space to take free space from. Afterwards, drag the sliding handle to get needed capacity of free space. When operations are done, click “OK” button to go back to main interface of the software.
Step 4. Backing to main interface, users can preview partition extension effect for C drive. To apply certain effect to computer, users need to click “Apply” button in the upper left corner.
The demonstration above tells users how to easily perform boot partition expansion under Windows 2003 Server with RAID 5. If users are encountering the same or similar situation, hurry to download MiniTool Partition Wizard to improve it.