How to resize partition and expand C drive in Windows Server 2012

Windows Server 2012 (R2) is the latest Operating System from Microsoft. Many organizations have started to test and deploy it. Certainly, Microsoft adds new features to this new OS, however, no improvement to disk management, even no option to create partitions when installing, so you see only one drive finally. All server managers know the truth that it is not a good idea to use only one drive for everything, it is better to devide a hard disk into several drives, one for operating system, one for applications, one for user data, etc. then how to get new partitions, what to do if a created drive running low (no free space left). Today, I want to share some ideas how to manage disk partitions in Windows Server 2012. How to create partitions after installing? As we know, to create new drives, there must be free Unallocated space in a hard … Continue reading

I have no free disk space left on my c drive

No matter you are using a server, desktop, laptop, iphone or other cellphones, you'll find the bad truth that the free space becomes less and less. In this article, I don't want to talk about cellphone or other devices, just the computer. As we know, hard disk drive is the requisite component in a computer, which is used to store both operating system and data files. For different purpose, people may connect only one or many hard disk drives to a computer, in addition, they may divide a hard disk into one or many small partitions. Unfortunately, most of the people must face to the bad problem – no free disk left in a disk partition, both for system C: drive and data partition. The system c drive is most likely running out of space, because the computer has a small c drive of factory settings. Even if you build … Continue reading

Convert ntfs to fat32 and vice versa – no data loss.

This article introduces how to convert partition from NTFS to FAT32, or FAT to NTFS without losing data. As we know, before using a disk partition, you have to format it as NTFS or FAT32/16/12. When you formatting this drive, Windows write basic info to this partition and then manage files with NTFS or FAT file system. Actually, either FAT or NTFS means a way to read and writhe files from/to a disk partition. However, in our daily use, we cannot find out any differences, we can create, delete and paste files in both NTFS and FAT partitions. How to find out a partition (drive) is NTFS or FAT? Two ways: 1. Open "My Computer", right click a partition and select "Properties". 2. Right click "My Computer" > "Manage" > "Storage" > "Disk Management", you'll find out file system type of all disk drives. Change/modify drive file system In the … Continue reading

Extend system c drive on Windows Server 2003

This article introduces how to extend system boot partition (c drive) on Windows 2003 Server. Expand C drive without reinstalling or losing data. The most common disk partition issue in Windows Server 2003 is "Low Disk Space". After running this server for a period, you'll find that the system C: drive is running out of space, there is no enough free space to install Windows updates and applications. Sometimes, server reboot unexpectedly or even crash. Learn why low disk space alert and how to free up disk space http://www.hdd-tool.com/disk-space-usage/free-up-space-windows-2003-server.htm Don't expect too much by freeing up space, because Windows cleanup utility just help you remove this warning temporarily. You cannot get large amount of free space, you'd better extend the system c drive, especially when it is created too small. Firstly, let's see how to resize partitions and extend C: drive by taking free space from data volumes. Tips 1. … Continue reading

How to merge partitions in Windows Server 2008?

Running Windows Server 2008 for a period, you need to change partition size, for example, C drive is running out of space and "Low Disk Space" warning pops up, to fix this issue fast and easily, you may resize partitions or merge drive C and D together. This article introduces how to merge partitions in Windows Server 2008 (R2). Benefits Within several minutes and steps you can merge partition in Windows 2008 Server without doing anything else. Steps 1. Install this app to your server or create and boot from bootable CD/DVD/USB disc. 2. Launch this tool and check your disk partitions, select the partitions and merge. 3. Click "Apply" button on top left corner to proceed. Tips 1. Only 2 continuous partitions can be merged. In the video, if you select drive D to merge, drive C and E are available, but if you select drive E, only D … Continue reading