All the size of the hard disk partitions are carefully allocated while building the Windows 2008 or 2003 Server, however, things are changing and the scheduled size may not always meet your needs, especially for the System partition, as Windows continues to download large updates, application, browser caches, restore points and temporary files can also eat up your free space quickly.

When there is no enough free space left in C drive, Windows pops up an alert of Low Disk Space. Windows 2003 Server low disk space

Server 2003 low disk space

Windows 2008 Server low disk space

Windows 2008 low disk space

When Windows pop up this alert, you should fix this low disk space problem as fast as possible, as you cannot install Windows updates and other applications, system runs much slower, the worst is system crash if extremely low free space is left.

Increase C drive space on Windows Server 2008/2003/2000

To solve this problem, the first though of many people is trying to free up disk space of C drive, but after several hours, you'll find that little free space was free up and shortly this low disk space warning pops up again.

The most time-saving and easiest way is increasing C drive space. That is to say, shrink other data partition and increase C drive space without deleting partition. After reading this article, you'll know how easy it is to increase C drive space without losing data.

Ensure data security when changing partition size

Though it is possible to increase C drive space without deleting partitions, you should select a reliable partition software, as the data security is most important for Windows Server, no one wants to see boot failure or data loss after resizing partitions.

Based on the built-in enhanced data protection technology, Partition Magic Server is not only reliable itself, but also integrated with the Disk & Partition Copy Wizard to ensure 100% data security. It is highly recommended by many professionals and editors, besides, many Fortune 500 companies, Governments, Universities select it to maintain their Servers.

How to increase C drive on Windows Server 2008/2003/2000

It is very easy to increase C drive space on physical hard disk or VMware/RAID virtual drives. Just shrink an existing data partition to get some free (Unallocated) space, and then you can easily increase C drive space, no deed to delete or reformat.

If the system C drive is NTFS, you can increase its partition size without rebooting.

All operations you do on the Server will be listed on the "Operation Pending" column for you to preview before applying to disk.

Steps to resize partition and increase C drive space

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.

Download the server magic free trial to check how easy it is to increase C drive space without deleting or formatting partitions.