I am now disturbed by disk repartitioning issue: the Disk 1 in my Windows Server 2012 is originally split into several parts: boot/system partition – C drive and data partitions: D and E drive, and then the rest – unallocated space. Needing to accommodate some system files, I open the system partition, but I can not gain enough free space. Thus, I wonder an excellent Windows Server 2012 disk repartitioning solution.
Why to Repartition Server
With the spread of computer and extensive adoption of internet, computer server accumulates plenty of data. And quite a lot data are exchanged in server, occupying lots of space. If those data are not disposed in an appropriate way, users may come across the same or similar situations as mentioned above: system performance gets lowered, file accessing speed becomes slower and slower and disk space utilization rate is low. At this time, the best way to improve those troublesome situations is to repartition server hard drive so as to maintain system in an excellent state. How to repartition hard drive on Windows Server 2012? How to avoid data loss in operational course? Although there is a Disk Management tool available in Windows Server 2012, but partition resizing features are still defective. For example, if users need to extend a partition, there must be allocated space right behind the target partition. Users who rely on "diskpart" command line will also feel disappointed as well. Actually, a piece of excellent server partition magic can masterly get hard drive repartitioned without losing files, and MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition is one of such software.
Perform Hard Drive Partition Space Redistribution with MiniTool
If users want to make use of the powerful server partition management software to fix drive partitioning issues such disk partition extension, they need to firstly fulfill software downloading and installation. After that, follow those steps: 1. Launch MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition to open its main interface: 2. In the main interface, choose target partition needing to be enlarged from disk mapping area where the detailed information about disk and partition distribution is displayed. Then, click "Extend Partition" in "Operations" area. 3. Under "Take Free Space from" tab, specify a partition with much unused space left or an unallocated space. At this time, gain needed capacity of free space by dragging the sliding handle. Then, click "OK" button to go back to main interface of the software. 4. After returning to main interface, users will find that the chosen partition has been extended and a pending operation appears in "Operations Pending" area. However, it is the preview effect, so users are expected to take the final step: click "Apply" button in the upper left corner to apply it. The recommended server partition magic makes the operation to repartition Server 2012 disk easier. Face server partition management issue? Hurry to download the highly competent MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition.
My laptop running Windows Server 2003 and the HDD is split into several parts: system partition – C drive (50GB), data partitions partition D and E as well as some unallocated space. C drive has the OS and all other necessary files; D drive and E drive have all my files such as image files, audio files and video files. Recently, I am facing the situation where disk space in C drive is running really low and even approaching its limit, but there is some unallocated space and much free space in other partitions. Therefore, I wonder an easy-to-operate way to realize Server 2003 HHD partition space reallocation?
What If C Drive Runs out of Space
In order to maintain the normal running state of Windows Server computer, users are expected to configure it to have minimum amount of available disk space on the system drive, and 200 MB threshold is usually the one. Once available disk space falls under the value, the system itself will take actions to keep minimum performance capabilities. To be specific, the operating system is most likely to go wrong, and system crash may become an unavoidable issue. At this time, it is urgent to allocate free space to C drive to improve the situation. Well then, how to fix Low Disk Space issue on C drive?
Strategies to Reclaim Disk Space on System Partition
1. Uninstall unused applications
There are some applications that are not frequently used, so users can find those programs out and then uninstall them to free up some capacity of space. It is noteworthy that the selection of application appears to lead to boot failure once system files are checked.
2. Disk Cleanup
As there is a built-in tool in Windows, Disk Cleanup enabling users to delete the temporary files and other unnecessary data, we can regain some free space by clearing useless data in this way. Users are also supposed to be cautious when checking data.
3. "Diskpart" command line
If users would like to enlarge a NTFS data partition for basic disk and there is unallocated space right behind the partition to be extended, certain command line works well. However, if the partition to be managed is a system partition, users will finally gain the warning information "The volume you have selected may not be extended, Please select another volume and try again".
The mentioned three methods can not perfectly fix low disk space issue on C drive, so we highly recommend users to try using third-party server partition management software like MiniTool Partition Wizard with extremely high performance and reliability. Additionally, its wide compatibility and excellent operability have won it wide popularity.
Use MiniTool to Incorporate Disk Space into C Drive
Here comes the example of system partition extension with the recommended server partition software:
1. Download MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition and then install it on computer. After that, run the software to open its main interface:
2. From the main interface, choose the partition to be managed. Since users would like to expand C drive for Windows Server 2003, they need to choose C drive and then click "Extend Partition" in left action panel.
3. Select a partition with much unused space left or an unallocated space to take free space from. Afterwards, gain needed capacity of disk space by dragging sliding handle, and then click "OK" to go back to main interface of the software.
4. After returning to main interface of the software, users need to click "Apply" button to let the software completely execute partition extension.
The process to repartition Windows Server 2003 is completely realized by the powerful server partition software within a few steps. For more information about partition management and other operations, please visit the official website of MiniTool Partition Wizard.
After realizing that system files and other applications files gradually eat up free space in C drive of my Windows Server 2008 computer, I know that it is time to take effective measures to reclaim free space on system partition. There is still some unallocated space in the disk, so I think of merging the unallocated space to C drive. However, C drive is not adjacent to the unallocated. I wonder if there is any safe way to resize drive partition Windows Server 2008.
How to Add the Unallocated to a Partition
1. Use Disk Management tool
As is well known, the Extend Volume and Shrink Volume features have been introduced to Windows Server 2008 for partition resizing. Can users use the features to change partition size in above situation? Absolutely, they can not. What is the exact reason? Users ought to know that the premise of using them to resize partition is that the unallocated space must be right adjacent to target partition. Since there is a data partition between C drive and the unallocated, users can not use Windows built-in Disk Management tool to perform partition extension.
2. Use Diskpart command
Also, some users propose to utilize Diskpart command. However, it works only when there is unallocated space behind the partitions that need to be expanded. Moreover, it can not move partition. In most cases, the unallocated space is not behind target partition or there is no unallocated on the same disk at all. Therefore, using the command line is not the best solution to resizing partition.
3. Adopt server partition software
Due to the limitations and defects of Windows Server 2008 built-in Disk Management tool and Diskpart, users have to find other ways to perfectly resize partition. Actually, using third-party server partition management software is a good choice. Here, the powerful MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition is highly recommended for users to resize Windows 2008 partition.
Change Windows 2008 Partition Size with MiniTool
Before starting resizing, users need to fulfill software downloading and installation. Then, follow those steps to resize a partition.
1. Launch MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition to open its main interface:
2. In the mapping area of the main interface, choose the partition to be managed (here, choose C drive ) and click "Extend Partition" in left action panel to enter the following interface:
3. Choose the unallocated from "Take Free Space from" tab and drag the sliding handle to get needed capacity of free space. After that, click "OK" button to go back to main interface of the software.
4. Here, users can see that the chosen unallocated space has been merged into C drive, but it is only a preview effect. To apply the partition extension effect to computer, users need to click "Apply" button in the upper left corner.
The process to change drive partition size under Windows Server 2008 has been displayed as above. If users also need partition management, hurry to download MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition.
In order to experience the high performance of dynamic disk, I nearly converted all my disks into dynamic. However, I desperately need to convert one disk back. I have no idea about what to do. Will the disk conversion cause data loss to volumes? Therefore, I wonder an easy way to perform dynamic disk to basic conversion for my Windows Server 2003 computer without any data loss?
Dynamic Disks and Basic Disks
Compared with basic disks, dynamic disks cover lots of merits such as:
1. Dynamic disks support an unlimited number (up to 2000) of volumes.( Basic disks can have at most 128 GPT primary partitions, or 4 MBR primary partitions or 3 MBR primary partitions and 1 extended partition with up to 128 logical volumes in the extended partition.)
2. A dynamic disk can contain simple volumes, spanned volumes, striped volumes, mirrored volumes, and RAID-5 volumes. (Basic disks cannot share or split data with other primary or logical partitions, or basic disks. Each partition on a basic disk is treated as if it was a separate hard disk on the basic disk.)
Although dynamic disks are superior to basic disks, there are still situations where it is necessary to convert dynamic disk back to basic disk. In such cases, how to fulfill the operation?
Dynamic Disk to Basic Disk Conversion Solutions
There are various ways to perform conversion including using the Disk Management, Diskpart and third-party server partition software.
1. Using the Disk Management
Note: Users are supposed to back up all significant data in the dynamic disk which needs to be converted before operation.
The step-by-step instructions on converting dynamic disk to basic disk are demonstrated as follows:
Step 1: Click under Start > Administrative Tools > Computer Management >Disk Management to open the tool.
Step 2: Right click each volume on target dynamic disk, and then execute volume deletion via clicking Delete Volume feature from pop-up window.
Step 3: After deleting all volumes on the disk to be converted, right click the disk and click Convert to Basic Disk from pop-up window.
2. Using Diskpart
Note: Backing up vital disk data is always suggested.
Then, users can follow the steps to perform dynamic disk to basic disk conversion:
Step 1. Click Start > Run, and then enter "cmd" to open Command Prompt tool.
Step 2. Type "diskpart" command.
Step 3. Enter "list disk" to list all recognized disks in computer.
Step 4. Select target dynamic disk here.
Step 5. Enter "detail disk" to present all volumes in target disk.
Step 6. Enter select volume n (n represents the volume to be managed).
Step 7. Enter "delete volume" to delete all volumes in the chosen dynamic disk.
Step 8. After deleting all volumes, type "convert basic" to execute conversion operation.
Step 9. Type "exit" to end the whole operation.
As users can see, the two ways to convert dynamic disk to basic are not the best, so we advise users try the third one – resorting to server partition magic, and the powerful MiniTool Partition Wizard is strongly recommended for users.
3. Using MiniTool Partition Wizard to convert disk
Launch the software to opens its main interface and take the following steps:
Step 1. Choose the dynamic disk to be converted in mapping area and click "Convert Dynamic Disk to Basic" from "Operations" area.
Step 2. Here, users can see the chosen dynamic disk has been converted to basic disk. Since it is only preview effect, users need to click "Apply" button to make confirmation.
Within only two steps, users are successful to convert Server 2003 dynamic disk to basic with the recommended server partition management software. Thus, hurry to experience the high performance of MiniTool Partition Wizard.