In Windows systems, there is a built-in tool named “Disk Management” which helps users a lot in some basic disk management tasks. Some users may know that the tool on Windows Server 2008, unlike it was in earlier versions of Windows, offers users no options to choose a primary partition or logical partition to create when users try to create a new partition. Thus, a primary partition will always be created by default until there are already three primary partitions. Meanwhile, a logical drive can only be created when there have been three primary partitions.
Here comes the question: how to create a logical partition on Windows Server 2008 with the handiest way, even if there are less than three primary partitions?
Users had better be aware of some basic knowledge before trying to find the answer to the question above. At first, logical drives can be created in MBR disks only. For other kinds of disks like GPT disks (a different partitioning scheme from MBR disks) and dynamic disks (a different disk storage strategy), they don’t have the conception of logical drives. In MBR disks, there are three kinds of partitions, namely primary partition, extended partition and logical partition. A MBR disk allows at most four primary partitions to be created, and there can only be one extended partition which can be regarded as a special primary partition. Hence, there will be less than or equal to three primary partitions if there is an extended partition in a single disk. What’s more, an extended partition can be divided into multiple logical partitions, and it includes all logical partitions and free space contiguous to logical partitions. Meanwhile, users are never able to create a new logical drive in the range that is out of an extended partition. Keeping those tips in mind might do you some necessary help in creating a logical partition on Windows Server 2008.
OK, let’s see how to achieve the purpose of breaking through the logical drive creation limits of Disk Management in Server 2008.
Here, another disk management tool MiniTool Partition Wizard is essential for this task. With this tool to create partitions, everything will go easy.
Download MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition to install and start it.
Now, we get to the software’s main UI. Choose the disk on which users want to create a logical partition, and then click on its unallocated space (make sure that the disk partitioning structure mustn’t violate the rules mentioned above).
There are several ways for users to implement the operation of creating a new partition. For example, users can click “Create” icon in the tool bar or click “Create Partition” in the left action panel to employ the operation.
A window titled “Create New Partition” pops out. Choose “Logical” in the drop-down column right after the text label “Create As”. Adjust the preferences as users want in this interface. Afterwards, click “OK” to confirm and continue.
Now, click “Apply” to carry out the pending operation. Then, the process of creating a logical drive is done.
What above is the way to overcome the function inability of Disk Management to create a logical partition on Windows Server 2008. With MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition, users can do a lot of partition management tasks which Disk Management cannot render.