How much do you know about GPT disk partitioning? And in which ways can we perform certain operations well? In this article, we would like to introduce the concept GPT and some excellent solution to expanding GPT partition with the excellent MiniTool partition magic server.
The GUID Partition Table (GPT) was introduced as part of the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) initiative. Compared with the older Mater Boot Record (MBR) partitioning scheme which is common to PCs, GPT provides a more flexible mechanism for partitioning hard disks. Apart from this highlight, GPT disks boast other excellent superiority such as:
1. MBR disks support up to 4 primary partitions or 3 primary partitions and 1 extended partition with up to 128 logical volumes in the extended partition. GPT disks support up to 128 primary partitions.
2. MBR disks support up to 2 TB per single partition, while GPT disks support up to 256 TB per single partition in Windows.
Pining high hope on better performance of GPT disk, many Windows Server computer users may have converted their MBR disks to GPT disks. Well then, how to partition GPT disk becomes a burning concern. After a long term of computer use, users may need to extend GPT partitions, shrink GPT partitions, copy GPT partition data, wipe/recover GPT partition data or split GPT partitions. At this time, using excellently competent server partitioning software is a nice solution, and MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition is one of them. Here, the guidance on how to extend Windows Server 2003 GPT partition is explained.
Before starting operation, users need to download the powerful server partition manager and then install it to proper location. Then, follow the operational steps below:
1. Launch MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition to open its main interface.
2. In the main interface of the software, choose the target GPT partition from disk mapping area and click “Extend Partition” from “Operations” column.
3. In this interface, specify a location to extract free space from “Take Free Space from” tab. It can be a partition with much unused space left or an unallocated partition. Then, drag the sliding handle to obtain needed amount of disk space and click “OK” button to go back to main interface of the software.
4. Returning to main interface of the software, users can preview that the chosen partition has been resized and 2 pending operation appear. If it is as expected, users can click “Apply” button in the upper left corner to make final confirmation.
Professional MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition perfectly gets a specified partition expanded within a few steps. If users also need to experience the high competence of the software, please reference the quick link here to download.