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

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

Diskpart extend partition Windows Server 2003

Diskpart is free Windows built-in utility which can be used to extend Server 2003 partitions. Many people feedback they don't know how to use diskpart, so I decide to write this article. Hope it will help you in a way. How to launch diskpart command How to extend Windows 2003 partition Precondition to use diskpart Limitations of diskpart command Part 1: How to launch diskpart 1. Press 'Windows' and 'R' key on the keyboard, type 'cmd' and press 'Enter'. MS-DOS command prompt window will be opened. 2. Type "diskpart" and press 'Enter'. Now you are ready to input diskpart commands to do disk partition management. Part 2: How to extend Server 2003 partition with diskpart Before running diskpart command to extend a volume, you'd better check the disk partition layout under Disk Management (Right click "My Computer" > "Manage" > "Storage" > "Disk Management". On my Windows 2003 server, there … Continue reading

How to extend partition in Windows Server 2003?

After running Windows 2003 Server for a period, you may find that the Server 2003 system C drive running out of space and "Low Disk Space" warning pops up regularly. Why Windows 2003 running out of space? To meet the needs of Server maintenance, administrators have to install many applications, meanwhile, browser caches, temporary files and restore points of Windows system protection can eat up your free space quickly. What will you do if system C drive running low, rebuild the Server? No one wants to waste the whole happy weekend to start over again. Furthermore, there is big risk of losing data when reinstalling Server Operating System. Then how to solve this problem fast and safely? Partition Magic Server is the best choice, with which you can extend partition in Windows Server 2003 without reformatting or losing data. How to extend partition in Windows 2003 Server? Originally, to extend … Continue reading

Windows Server 2003 extend system partition fast and easily

How to extend system partition on Windows 2003 Server? Question: I am using Windows 2003 Server, the Disk Manager will not allow me to extend system partition. Unfortunately, Microsoft Support says I can only extend a Windows Server 2003 system partition by reformatting the drive and reinstalling the Windows Server 2003 Operating System, but I don't want to reinstalling Windows, is there a way to extend 2003 Server system partition without losing data or reinstalling? Answer: Yes, you can extend Server 2003 system partition without deleting, reformatting partition, reinstalling Windows, even without rebooting if the system partition is NTFS. Within several minutes, you'll have a "new" Server. Why extend Server 2003 system partition? Users usually create a small system partition for Windows Operating System, as larger partition means more space waste. Even you create a large partition, you'll be amazed at how quickly application installs, browser caches, and temporary files … Continue reading