How to shrink Windows 2003 Server partition without data loss?

All the sizes of disk partitions or RAID array virtual drives are carefully allocated while building the Windows 2003 Server, however, things are changing and the scheduled size may not always meet your needs, for example:

1. System partition is too small and no free space is left.

2. To manage files more effectively, you need to create more partitions for different usage.

3. A data partition is too small, but you cannot delete it and need to write files into it continuously.

Goals to shrink partition in Windows 2003 Server

Generally speaking, the goals to shrink partition can be divided into 2 kinds.

– Shrink a large partition to create new partitions.

– Shrink a partition to extend another partition. You cannot shrink partition under Windows 2003 Server disk management tool, but with Partition Magic Server software, you can easily shrink partition without data loss, fast and easily.

How to shrink Windows 2003 Server partitions

Step 1, Launch Partition Magic Server, you'll see all disks and partitions that connected to your Server and free space, used space and other properties of each partition.

Resize boot partition

Right-click the data partition and select "Resize", in the pop-up window, drag the left border rightwards, the Unallocated space will be created in front of dirve E.

Shrink data partition

 

Unallocated space created

If you drag right border leftwards in this window, the Unallocated space will be created behind drive E. The Unallocated space can be used to create new partitions or extend system or any other data partitions.

If you want to extend the system partition, follow the steps below.

Right-click C drive and select "Resize", in the pop-up window, drag the right border rightwards to hold the Unallocated space.

Extend system boot partition

Click "Apply" to proceed, done.

Partition resized

Benefits to shrink Windows 2003 Server partition with Partition Assistant Server

  • Enhanced Data Protecting – No Data Loss
  • Shrink/Extend any partition without any limitation.
  • Easy to use & user-friendly interface
  • Working fast
  • All-in-one Partition Solution – All your partition and disk maintenance requirements can be fulfilled.
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