I am running Windows Server 2003 R2 Stand Edition SP2 and only have 2.74 of hard drive space left on system partition – C drive. However, F drive on the same disk has 37 GB of free space left. Recently, I find the C drive can not meet the actual demands for data storage, so I wonder an excellent way to resize Windows Server 2003 partition without reboot and reinstalling application programs.
Disk partitioning, as the precondition of using a brand new hard disk, refers to certain process dividing a hard disk drive into multiple logical storage units (each partition can be formatted with FAT or NTFS). There are primary partitions, extended partitions and logical partitions.
2. Benefit of multiple partitions
In Windows, extended partitions can be used to create many logical partitions. The disk distribution mode – one partition for one hard disk is inferior to that – multiple partitions for one hard disk. Here, a vivid example is given. If there is only one partition for the disk, users will store both system files and personal files to the same disk. Once system crash occurs, users will inevitably reinstall system. At this time, data loss becomes an unavoidable issue. Thus, the mode of multiple partitions for one disk can protect against data loss when system goes wrong.
The demonstration above shows the importance of disk partitioning. In practical computer use, users may need to expand partition or shrink partition. Well then how to perform partition resizing operations?
1. Disk Management tool
Boasting partition deleting, creating, drive paths resetting and other basic partition management functions, the tool is not that perfect as expected. Why do we say so? When advanced operations are needed such as partition merging or splitting, users have to resort to other solutions. If users need to resize partition, they have to delete partition and then recreate partition. Partition deletion is always regarded as less satisfying strategy.
2. Server partition manager
With the high-speed development of partitioning technology, server partition software providing comprehensive management functions has emerged on software market. Here, professional MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition is highly recommended for users. The functionality, high reliability, wide compatibility and excellent operability have help itself win great popularity. To let users have a better understanding, we would like to introduce how to extend system partition under Windows Server 2003.
Before starting to operate, users need to firstly download and install the powerful server partition management software. Then, follow those steps.
Step 1. Launch MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition to open its main interface.
Step 2. From the main interface of the software, choose the partition to be managed. Since users need to enlarge capacity of Windows 2003, they ought to directly choose C drive. After that, click “Extend Partition” from left action panel.
Step 3. Here, specify a partition with much unused space left or an unallocated space to take free space from. After that, drag the sliding handle to take free space and click “OK” to go back to main interface of the software.
Step 4. Returning to main interface, users can preview the presented partition extension effect. If it is satisfying, users can click “Apply” button in the upper left corner to make final confirmation.
After performing all those operations, we have succeeded in Windows Server 2003 partition resizing. Need partition management solution? Professional MiniTool Partition Wizard is useful.