Brief introduction of Disk Management in Windows Server 2008
Disk Management is a built-in program of Windows Server 2008. In fact, almost all Windows operating system has a Disk Management program, except that some functions are different. And next version is always more powerful than last version. In short, Windows Server 2008 Disk Management is used for disk or partition related tasks.
Disk Management in Windows Server 2008 supports the following functions:
Create and delete partition
Extend and shrink partition
Set partition as active
Convert between dynamic and basic disk
Create a number of specialty volumes including simple, spanned, striped, mirrored, and RAID-5 volumes
Create/Delete partitions on dynamic disks
Assign or change drive letters for partitions
View the property of all the disks of the system.
If you are a user familiar with the Disk Management of Windows Server 2008, you may know where to find and how to open it. But, this article as a tutorial, I state clear is better since many readers haven’t used it before.
Method 1: Open the Disk Management in Windows Server 2008 over the Control Panel!
1.Click “Start” button on the right bottom and select “Control Panel”.
2. In the window of Control Panel, please open the “Administrative Tools” program.
3. In the Administrative Tools window, select “Computer Management”, then Storage ->Disk Management.
Method 2: access Disk Management in Windows Server 2008 over the start search box!
1.Click “Start” button, type “diskmgmt.msc” in the Start Search box, press “Enter”.
2.Directly open the Disk Management.
Method 3: get to Disk Management in Windows Server 2008 with key [Win-Logo]+[R]!
Start “Run” in Windows Server 2008 with keys [Win-Logo]+[R] and type in “diskmgmt.msc” and press “Enter” button to open the Disk Management in Windows Server 2008. A bit like Method 2.
Method 4: Launch Disk Management via cmd command in Windows Server 2008!
Please start the cmd.exe in administrative mode! And enter the command “diskmgmt.msc” to open the Disk Management in Windows Server 2008.
Is Windows Server 2008 Disk Management good enough?
Although Disk Management can do most of the partition operations, it has a fatal weakness - it can’t move partition! Why is that fatal? The “Shrink Volume” only allows you to shrink a partition from the right size, which means the unallocated space generated by shrinking partition will be behind the partition shrunk.
As you may know, “Extend Volume” only allows you to extend a partition when there is contiguous unallocated space behind the partition. Therefore, you cannot simply shrink a partition and use the unallocated space to extend another partition. For example, if you shrink drive D:, you will get unallocated space behind drive D:.
You can use this unallocated space to extend drive D:, but you cannot use it to extend drive C: because drive D: is between drive C: and the unallocated space. The only way to extend drive C: would be deleting drive D:, and of course all data on drive D: will be lost.
How troublesome! I think most people are reluctant to delete data. If you insist to use Disk Management of Windows Server 2008, I suggest you backup your data before deleting. Besides, you may also find the some of the options grayed out in Disk Management under some circumstances.
If you want to a more flexible way to manage your disks and partitions, you can find an alternative.
Alternative - AOMEI Partition Assistant Server Edition
Nothing is too difficult if you put your heart into it. As well, you will find another easier method to extend your system partition. That is the alternative to Disk Management in Windows Server 2008 - AOMEI Partition Assistant Server Edition. It is an all-in-one server partition software.
It allows you to shrink a partition from both sides and add noncontiguous unallocated space to any partition on the same hard drive. Moreover, it enables you to move partition and unallocated space. Whenever extend volume grayed out, you may use AOMEI Partition Assistant to extend partition.
To simplify the steps, it also provides 8 wizards including: Extend Partition Wizard to guide you through every step of the way. With it, you would never have the concern of losing data when you want to extend a partition. Below is one shortcut of AOMEI Partition Assistant Server.
AOMEI Partition Assistant, as an alternative to Disk Management in Windows Server 2008, not only provides basic partitioning functions, but also advanced ones, like, Make Bootable CD, convert system disk from dynamic disk to basic disk, convert MBR to GPT or back without data loss, Windows to Go Creator, Migrate OS to SSD, etc. More information please visit here.