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

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 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 resize partition Windows 2008 Server (r2)

It is a troublesome issue for many people to resize partition in Windows 2008 Server, especially Server 2008 R2, because it is first 64-bit only Windows Server edition. In this article, I want to share some experience resizing Windows 2008 disk partitions. When talking about resizing partition on Windows 2008 Server (r2), many people ask the same questions: Is it safe to resize Windows 2008 partitions? Any differences in Server 2008 R2? Is it required to break array when reszing raid virtual partitions? What to do if the Windows Server 2008 is in VMware or Hyper-V virtual machine? How to resize partitions in Windows 2008 Server, install or via boot disc? Take it easy, after reading this article, you'll know the answers and how easy it is to resize disk partitions in Win 2K8. About question 1: Unlike the read-only programs, to change partition size, the partitioning software should modify … Continue reading

How to resize SBS 2008 system partition?

Yesterday I wrote an article about how to resize server 2008 partition, some people ask me if the tool and steps fit for SBS 2008, so I want to explain how to resize SBS 2008 partitions, or rather, resize sbs 2008 system partitions. Here I don't want to waste time talking about what SBS is, the editions or features, in one word, Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2008 provides less features and connections comparing with Windows Server 2008 (R2), but File System and the way managing disk partitions keep the same. After opening SBS 2008 Disk Management you'll find there is no difference. Two points when resizing SBS 2008 partitions Firstly, pay attention to server data safety, because this is most important for a server, so select an reliable partitioning software and backup your system and files. Secondly, I always suggest opening disk management to check out disk partition layout … Continue reading