It is well known that the snap-in disk management tool in Windows Server 2003 doesn’t have the function of extending partition. When there is a need to enlarge Windows 2003 partition, people may consider about applying on command prompt (this can be used only when there is unallocated space right behind the specified partition; what’s more, the file system of target partition should be with NTFS). However, when no such space exists on the disk, users have to do partition management in another way. They should clear a partition to make unallocated space. Obviously, all important data in the partition should be backed up. It seems complex to operate. And there is a demand to find out a better way. In order to extend server partition in a convenient way, people can resort to third party partition manager. And MiniTool Partition Wizard is the one worth recommending.
Before applying the software, we should download it. Then, install it to computer and launch it to open the software.
The window above is the main interface of the partition magic.
1. To extend server partition, we should choose the partition which needs expanding, and then click “Extend Partition” button to go to the next interface.
2. Choose a partition from drop-down list and drag the sliding bar to decide how much free space to take. Then, click “OK” to return to main interface.
Here, we can preview all the changes. And the specified partition (E:) has been expanded to 44.59GB (the original capacity is 39.11GB).
3. With a click on “Apply”, all operations will be perfectly executed.
Finally, the goal of enlarging Windows 2003 partition has been reached. In addition, just as you can see in the screenshots above, many other operations (like “Move/Resize Partition”, “Merge Partition”, etc) will also be performed in MiniTool Partition Wizard. If there is any need in the future, this partition magic will be an assistant.