Many people want to merge two partitions when a drive running out of space, especially for Windows Server system C drive. By merging partitions, system C: drive get the free space from another data drive, such as volume D.
It is indeed possible to merge partitions in Windows Server 2003, 2008 both 32 and 64 bit, of course without losing data.
However, it is not the best choice to fix server "Low Disk Space" by merging partitions, because:
- If you merge partition D: to drive C, partition D is lost though all files exist in "new" drive C.
- All shortcuts of server services and applications to drive D: become invalid.
The best solution is extending the system C: drive by shrinking a data drive, so no partition lost, no other operations, no further problems.
What about Small Business Server 2003, 2008?
Don't worry, there is no difference changing partition size in Windows Server or Small Business Server. You can merge SBS partitions or resize partitions without losing data.
- How to resize SBS 2003 partition?
- How to resize SBS 2008 partition?
- How to resize SBS 2011 partition?
We've written many detailed steps how to merge partitions, how to resize, extend and shrink partitions, in further articles, we'll put emphasis on summarizing merits and drawbacks.