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 eat up your free space and clutter your system.

When system partition runs out of space, you cannot install any applications or Windows updates, Windows operating system is running much slower, even crash if the free space is extremely low.

When Low Disk Space alert pops up, some people try to free up space from the system partition, but after hours you'll find that little space is free up and after a while, this alert pops up again.

The fastest and easiest way is extending Windows 2003 Server system partition with professional partitioning software.

How to extend Server 2003 system partition

With Partition Magic Server software, it is extremely easy to extend Server 2003 system partition. You just need to drag and move on the disk map to shrink an existing data partition to release some Unallocated space at the end of system partition, and then expand the system partition, no need to delete, reformat partition or rebuild the Server.

You can even extend Server 2003 system partition under Windows without reboot if it is NTFS.

Steps to extend Windows 2003 Server system partition

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 to shrink it.

Shrink data partition

There will be some Unallocated space behind the system partition.

Unallocated space created

Step 2, Right-click the system partition 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

Now you have a "new" Server that can be used for a long time again.

For enterprise users, Unlimited Edition allows unlimited usage within your company to save time and money.


Ensure data security when extending Server 2003 system partition

There is no doubt that the fastest way to solve Server 2003 low disk space problem is by resizing and extending partition, but you should choose the reliable partition software, no one would like to see boot failure or data loss after resizing. Based on the unique Enhanced Data Protection technology and Copy Wizard built in Partition Magic Server, you don't need to worry about data safety, many Fortune 500 companies also select it to manage their Servers.

Download partition magic server trial and check how easy it is to extend system partition without data loss.