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Extend boot partition in Windows Server 2003

In many people's opinion, a boot partition is the same with the system partition, and both of them are the meaning of C: drive. Actually, this is incorrect, boot partition is different with the system volume. Then what about extending the boot partition and a system drive?

Boot partition and System drive

The boot volume refers to the disk volume that contains the Windows operating system files and the supporting files. By default, the Windows operating system files are in the WINDOWS folder, and the supporting files are in the WINDOWS\System32 folder.

The system volume refers to the disk volume that contains the hardware-specific files that are needed to start Windows, such as Ntldr, Boot.ini, and

The system partition contains the hardware-related files and the Boot folder that tell a computer where to look to start Windows. There is only one system volume. However, there is one boot volume for each operating system in a multiboot system.

To identify a volume is System or Boot, Microsoft gives you a method - open Disk Management snap-in.

Boot and system partition

From my Server DM screen shot, Boot partition is C: drive, while the System partition is a hidden partition.

Back to the topic of extending boot partition in Windows Server 2003. I believe the people who are saying extend Server 2003 boot partition want to extend the C: drive, right? Though boot volume and system volume are different, the steps to extend partition are the same.

What about Windows Server 2003 R2 and 64-bit

No problem no matter you are running Windows Server 2003 32 bit or 64 bit, R2, SP1 or SP2, you can resize partition easily and without losing data.

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