Since the Windows Server 2003 was released, it was given the characters of safety, practicality, reliability and extendibility. That is why so many users choose it as their operating system. Accordingly, the partition management in the server is also becoming particularly important for those users. As the disk space is occupied by more and more applications and files, the machine would have some problems in running. When something wrong happening, to most of users, they all want to solve all problems with computer itself, because they think this is the convenient and money-saving for them to do that. Actually, in many cases, built-in function is not almighty, even it is more complicated than some third-party software, Such as the built-in Disk Management in Windows 2003 does not have the function of resizing and moving volume except expanding the one with a contiguous space right behind. Therefore, administrators only can take some most common measures to improve the disk capacity, like deleting some useless programs, reinstall the system to extend partition C, etc.
Actually, there is another way to get out of this problem, simple and quick. That is to use the third party software – AOMEI Partition Assistant Lite Edition.
Introduction of AOMEI Partition Assistant Lite Edition
AOMEI Partition Assistant Lite Edition is a free partition manager server. It has many features which can make up for the limitation of Disk Management and meet most users' needs. With its help, the operating system could work more smoothly and faster. Let us see what it can really do:
Resize (extend/shrink) volume: If the usage of partition’s space, one partition is too large, but seldom of space can be used, and the other partition is small, but you used a lot of space. Under this circumstance, you can consider to resize partition space.
Create and delete volume: To new computer or one computer that contains the unallocated space, it is necessary to create volume to make use of the space of hard disk. However, if you think some data and partition in volume is useless, or want to repartition disk, you can delete volume to make it.
Wipe and move volume: If you want to delete some data that is very private or furtive, you can use the function called “wipe partition” to wipe out the volume. The greatest difference from disk management in computer is that it can protect the deleted data and files from recovery. Move volume can make the partition exchange the place with the unallocated space.
Format, change label: Formatting is actually the act of creating a file system on a volume (you could also use this function to change the file system between NTFS and FAT 32, FAT), so that the operating system can store and retrieve data on that volume/partition.
Check drive letter, hide/unhide volume：Confusion may occur among those drives letters when you finish upgrading computer system or connecting multiple hard disks. If you want to bring order out of chaos and reorganize your drives in a certain way, changing the drive letter can be the most effective way. If you want to protect data and files in volume from leaking, you can use the function “hide/unhide volume”.
This software Supports all editions of Windows 2000, 2003, 2008, Windows Small Business Server 2003, 2008, 2011 or Windows Home Server 2011;
Free extend partition Windows 2003 by AOMEI Partition Assistant Lite Edition
There are five editions in AOMEI Partition Assistant; they are standard, lite, professional, server, limited. Different editions have different functions. You can choose anyone according to what situation you are and what problem you want to solve. In this case, AOMEI Partition Assistant Lite Edition can solve your problem totally. For users, this edition is freeware and can save your money and time.
To begin, free download it here: /download-server.html. Then install it on your computer, follow the steps to extend partition that you want to. (Here we choose to reduce the size of D drive and increase C: drive as an example.)
Step1: Launch the software, right click on D drive and select "Resize Partition".
Step2: In the pop-up window, drag the slider bar leftwards to shrink D drive. Here we suggest you shrink down to half of the D drive at least to ensure that the unallocated space must be equal to or larger than the new D volume, if not, the next step could not be realized.
Step3: Click "OK", an unallocated space will be released from D drive. Then, right click on D volume and choose "Move Partition". Drag the slider bar to the right side in the pop-up window.
Step4: Click "OK", extend partition C just like shrink D volume.
Step5: After previewing, click "Apply" on the toolbar to save the changes.
This is totally free software, you need to pay nothing. And what's more important, in the whole operation, your data or files in partition that you are operating will not be influenced. In other words, you will not lost your data, and you will not reinstall the system as well. This kind of freeware is suitable for users who do not have knowledge of professional computer. It let users operate in the visual interface, and better to avoid manual operating error. Just some finger clicks; you can experience its magic.