Since it is hard to predict data category and amount, I originally configured the C drive in my computer running Windows Server 2003 to have only 30 GB. As time flies, various kinds of files such application files and temporary files gradually eat up the disk space of C drive. The Low Disk Space issue gets even worse recently. System crash happens frequently. Therefore, I want to perform partition expansion. What can I do to increase Server 2003 system partition without rebooting and shutting down running services?
Necessity for System Partition Expansion
To ensure flexible running of the whole machine, users had better leave a minimum amount of available disk space on the system drive. Generally speaking, to gain optimal performance on Windows, 200 MB threshold is a must. Once users get the Low Disk Space alert, they are supposed to extend partition. Due to the exact concern that rebooting computer and shutting down application programs and running services may bring unexpected troubles, most users dare not randomly use partition management software. Here, we humbly recommend users to try professional server partition magic named MiniTool Partition Wizard with comprehensive functions, wide compatibility and high operability. The software applies to both PCs and Server users.
How to Extend System Partition without Reboot
MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition masterly compensates the drawbacks of Windows built-in disk management tool, and provides users with much more powerful management functions such as "Merge Partition", "Split Partition", "Rebuild MBR", "Align All Partitions" and "Wipe Partition". Here, the example of system partition expansion in Server 2003 by using "Extend Partition" function is explained to users. Step 1: Realize software downloading via certain web page and do installation into proper location. Step 2: Launch MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition to open its main interface: Step 3: In the main interface of powerful server partition software, choose the system partition (Here, choose C: drive), and then click "Extend Partition" from left action panel. Step 4: Choose a partition with much unused space left or an unallocated space from "Take Free Space from" tab. Afterwards, drag the sliding handle to take needed capacity of free space. When settings are done, click "OK" button to return to main interface of server partition magic software. Step 5: After previewing the partition extension effect, users can click "Apply" button in the upper left corner to let the software execute all pending operations. When previous operations are performed, users are successful to extend C: drive without restarting on Server 2003. If users also need to increase system partition for Windows Server 2003/2008/2012, hurry to download the professional and powerful MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition.