Facing lame server performance, Server 2003 users may try every means to optimize it. Nowadays, more and more server administrators upgrade their HHD to SSD to get higher performance, but an issue which is usually overlooked catches wide attention – partition alignment. During migration process of boot partition, partitions may be incorrectly aligned. In those computers with misaligned partitions, the start-up speed, data accessing speed and system response speed will be lower than those of correctly-aligned machines. Therefore, to align partition correctly in Server 2003 becomes a burning concern, if users have upgraded their HHD to SSD.
With the maturity of software technology, hard disk drive capacity is sharply increasing. At the same time, partitioning rules are changing as time requires. In the past, the first partition always began at LBA Address 63, which corresponds to the sixty-fourth sector and the sectors were configured to have 512 bytes. However, in newer hard disk drives, the mode – 4,096 bytes(four kilobytes) for one sector is universally adopted and four or eight kilo-bytes for SSD. Therefore, partitioning beginning at LBA Address 63 is a problem for these new hard disk and SSDs.
With SSD partition well aligned, Server users will find that system spends much less time in booting the system, reading and writing data to partition and the system will respond to queries much faster.
Though the function to align partition is introduced to Diskpart command line of Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 and users can make use the feature to get partition correctly aligned; but users are supposed to perform complicated operations, which is highly risky to data security of managed partition. Is there any other safer and easier way to fix misaligned partitioning issues? Definitely, there is and resorting to third party server partitioning manager is a great idea. Since performance of software is hard to identify for inexperienced users, we strongly recommend using professional MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition to do the trick.
The versatile software is given with wide compatibility, so it can partition Widows PCs and Windows Servers. Moreover, it is easy-to-handle and highly secure. Well then, the example of aligning Server 2003 partition is given for users’ better understanding.
The first thing that users need to do is downloading and installation of the powerful server partition management software. After that, follow the guidance illustrated below:
1. Launch MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition to open its main interface.
2. In the main interface of the software, choose the partition which needs alignment from right disk mapping area and then click “Align Partition” option from “Operations” column.
3. Backing to main interface of the software, users can view that a pending operation appears in “Operations Pending” area. At this time, click “Apply” button to let the software execute partition alignment operation.
MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition performs partition alignment for Windows Server 2003 within 3 steps. Thus, users are supposed to try the software when same or similar issues happen.