This article introduces the best disk partition tool for Windows Server 2012 R2, the safest & fastest partition tool for Server 2012/2016/2019.
Hard disk is the indispensable component to a server, no matter you use traditional mechanical disk, SSD or hardware RAID arrays. You need reliable disk partition tool for the server to optimize and manage hard disk drives, for example:
- Create, delete and format partition.
- Shrink, extend, merge and move partition to optimize disk space usage.
- Copy disk and partition to migrate Operating System and data.
- Convert disk and partition type in some situations.
Server 2012 native disk partition tool
The same with client OS and previous server versions, Windows Server 2012 (R2) has built-in Disk Management tool. If you just need basic operations to create, delete, format partition or change drive letter, this native partition tool can help you easily. In addition, it has limited ability to shrink and extend allocated partitions.
Right click any partition and you'll see available operations.
This native Disk Management tool is easy to use, but if you want to do other advanced operations, you need 3rd-party disk partition software.
Best partition tool for Windows Server 2012
There are many disk partition software, the GUI and functions are all similar, then how to select the right partition tool for your server?
Unlike data recovery software that only read information from hard drive volumes, disk partition management software will modify the parameters of associated disk, partition and files, therefore, there's potential system and data damage risk. Data protection ability is most important to a partitioning software.
Because of the powerful data protection ability, fast file-moving algorithm and many other advantages, NIUBI Partition Editor is recommended as the best partition tool for Windows Server 2012, 2008, 2016 and 2019.
Download NIUBI Partition Editor Server and you'll see 5 blocks in the main window.
- All separate partitions with detailed information such as capacity, free space, file system, type and status.
- All physical/virtual/RAID hard disks and USB flash drive with graphical partition structure.
- All available operations of selected disk or partition, unavailable operations are hidden automatically.
- To avoid mistake, all operations you do will be listed as pending for preview.
- Undo and redo the pending operations, or confirm to modify real disk partitions.
What does Partition Editor Server do?
To Unallocated space:
- Create one or more volumes
- Wipe data in it
- Surface test (scan bad sectors)
- View properties (detailed parameters)
To whole disk:
- Change status to offline or online
- Set read-only attribute
- Wipe disk (cannot be recovered)
- Surface test
- View properties
- Clone disk to migrate data and OS
- Convert MBR disk to GPT
- Delete all partitions
- Cleanup disk
To single partition:
- Resize volume (shrink and extend)
- Move location
- Merge two adjacent volumes by 1 step
- Copy to Unallocated space
- Convert to Logical or Primary partition
- Convert NTFS to FAT32
- Change drive letter (such as D:)
- Change label (add a name or modify)
- Set as Active
- Check file system integrity
- Defrag to improve performance
- Hide from File Explorer
- Delete (files can be recovered)
- Format volume to use as new
- Wipe (erase data permanently)
- Surface test
- Explore (view files/folders with directory)
- View properties
The safest disk partition tool for Server 2012
The most common reason why using partition software for Windows Server is because low free disk space. The partitions for Operating System, database, backup and projects are very likely running out of space, you can resize these partitions without starting over.
However, there is potential system and data damage risk while repartition hard drive with unreliable partition software, If it happens, you cannot boot Windows and/or lose data if you have no backup. It also costs a long time to restore everything if you have backup.
To protect system and data, NIUBI Partition Editor provides 3 innovative technologies.
1. Virtual mode
As you see the block 4 in the main window, all operations are listed as pending for preview. You can click Undo to cancel the unwanted operation or click Redo to recover the cancelled operations. The real disk partitions won't be changed until you click Apply button to confirm.
2. Cancel-at-well technology
If you confirmed and started the changes, other server partition software don't allow cancelling the ongoing operations from the beginning or over 50% progress even if you did something wrong.
Because the cancellation causes part of parameters can't be modified, which leads to system boot failure or partition damage. Thanks to the unique Cancel-at-well technology, you can cancel the ongoing operations at any progress with NIUBI Partition Editor. Everything will back to original status in a flash.
3. 1-Second Rollback
Better than other server partition manager, NIUBI Partition Editor provides another unique 1 Second Rollback technology to ensure system and data intact. If any software internal error or hardware issue such as power outage occur, it rollback the server to original status automatically and rapidly. If it happens, nothing will be changed.
With other partitioning software, if damage occur, you have to waste a long time to restore. If you have no backup, all precious data in the server will be lost.
The fastest Windows server disk partition tool
When you moving a partition, shrink a partition towards right, or extend a volume towards left, all files in these volumes should be moved to new locations. The more files in the partition, the longer time to finish. A good algorithm is very helpful to reduce time.
Because of the advanced file-moving algorithm, you will experience 30% - 300% increase in speed while resizing and moving partition with NIUBI Partition Editor. This is very important to a server especially when such operations require server reboot. Nobody likes to see even 1 second longer offline to a server.
You won't notice the performance difference if you don't compare it with other tools. If you have testing physical computer or virtual machine, simply compare it with other tools in same environment.
Other benefits of this server partition tool
Easy to use
You just need to click, drag and drop on the disk map to modify disk partitions, anyone without help or experience of running such kind of software can use this tool well.
The Hot-Resize technology of NIUBI helps you shrink and extend most of partitions without rebooting server. (Note: close the running applications and opening files/folders in the partition that you want to shrink or move before stating NIUBI.
- The pending operations with in front can be done in Windows.
- The ones marked as requires reboot.
Support multiple OS & Storage
This partition tool supports Windows Server 2012, 2016, 2019 and previous Server 2008, 2003. Any local/removable hard disk, VMware, Hyper-V, all types of hardware RAID arrays, USB flash drive are all supported.
Most of your disk and partition management requirements can be fulfilled. NIUBI Partition Editor is not the one that has most amount of functions, but because of its powerful data protection ability, fast file-moving algorithm and many other advantages, it is recommended as the best disk partition tool for Windows Server 2012 and other versions.