About extending system partition in Windows Server 2003
I have been faced with different kinds of partition problems when using my computer. The obvious one is that my system partition always gives me a warning of low disk space. With more and more software and system data to save, the best way is to expand system drive. However, it is inaccessible to expand it through the built-in partition manager in Windows Server 2003. This is really an awful thing for me because I can't do anything.
Having searched on the Internet and asked friends for help, they recommended me to try some third party tools. Among these tools, AOMEI Partition Assistant Lite Edition is a perfect choice. It is the simplest software to resize Windows Server 2003 system partition completely and it is free of charge. By using it, I also found it is a piece of cake to extend drives and all the data is protected.
Compared with snap-in Disk Management, I found there are some other advanced functions in its advanced version AOMEI Partition Assistant Server. Here is a detailed list: shrink/move/hide/unhide partition, check disk bad sectors, and permanently wipe disk data. However, each coin has two sides. It's a pity that it doesn't support dynamic disk management and GPT disk management, while the other one can reach the two goals. No matter what your choice is, let me show you an easy way to extend system partition on Windows Server 2003 step by step.
How to expand Windows Server 2003 (R2)system partition with Partition Assistant?
Generally speaking, the system will assign C: to be the system drive. So, this is an example to increase size of system partition C. It is suggested to backup C drive in Server 2003 because inappropriate operations may lead to data lost.
Step 1: Download this free partitioning software and start it. Choose "Extend Partition Wizard" in Wizard column and select "Extend system partition". Then, click "Next" two times.
Step 2: In the coming window, there will be a list of free space in other drives. Tick out one or more to extend C: and click "Next". Here, I choose H:. Then, another window shows up. Drag the slider rightwards to enlarge and click "Next". In the dragging process, H: will become smaller and smaller.
Step 3: Please select "Proceed". A window comes out to remind me whether I am sure to continue, and it gives me the predict time of the operations. When it comes to the following window, all the operations above have been taken effect. Click "OK" and "Finish" to end.
Tip: If I don't want to shrink H:, I can change it back through clicking other drive to do some extra partition operations in this magic assistant.
I'm a green hand in computer, but it is a piece of cake for me. Similarly, it is simple for you. What’s more, clone Windows Server 2003 hard drive to larger one can solve this low disk space issue fundamentally. Meanwhile, it provides the convenient for Windows Server 2003/2008, SBS (small business server), Home Server 2011 and PC OSs. It is really a good choice you don't want to miss!