Many people don't know how to resize a drive in Windows Server 2003, so in this article, I want to talk about resizing partitions for Windows 2003 without starting over.
All the size of the hard disk partitions are carefully allocated while building the Windows 2003 Server. However, things are changing and the scheduled size may not always meet your needs, especially for the System partition, no matter how big your drive is, you'll be amazed at how quickly application/Windows update installs, browser caches, and temporary files can eat up your free space and clutter your system.
Originally, you have to backup the system and all files, delete partitions, recreate larger system partition and restore. What a time-consuming and annoying work. Your whole happy weekend will be wasted to install Windows updates and large amount of applications.
New computer technology make things much easier, nowadays, you can resize Windows 2003 Server partition directly, without so much annoying works, much faster and easier.
Windows 2003 diskpart command line
Diskpart.exe is built-in command line in Windows 2003 Server, steps:
1. Press "Windows" and "R" key, type "cmd", in the pop-up window, type "diskpart" and press "Enter" to continue.
2. Type "list volume" to display the existing volumes on the disks.
3. Type "select volume X". X is the number of the data partition that you want to extend.
4. Type "extend size=XXX".
Limitations of diskpart to resize partition on Windows 2003 Server:
Is there a better way to resize partition in Windows 2003 Server without so many limitations?
Yes, Server partition software can help you shrink and extend any partitions as you wish.
Check disk partition layout under Disk Management. Here is drive C: D: and G:, I want to extend C: drive by taking space from partition G:.
Step 1: Launch Partition Assistant Server, you'll see all disks and partitions that connected to your Server, the layout is similar with disk management.
Right-click drive G: and select 'Allocate Free Space', or click the feature shortcut on left 'Partition Operations' panel.
Step 2: In the pop up window, type how much free space to shrink from G:, select C: as target partition to add space to.
Click OK and back to main windows, where you'll find that 14.09GB free space has shrank from G: and added to C drive.
Step 3: Click 'Apply' on top left to proceed resizing operation.
Preview pending operations.
If there is no mistake, click 'Proceed', after several minutes, partition resizing completed. Check in disk management. Yes, both partition C: and G: resized, C drive space increased to 34.12GB.
Is it easy to resize Server 2003 partitions? If the system partition is NTFS, close the open files and applications before running this program you can extend it without rebooting.
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