Extend System Partition on Windows Server 2003

Daisy updated on Sep 23, 2019 to Partition Manager | How-to Articles

Extend system partition on Windows Server 2003 might be a problem for anyone who uses Windows Server 2003, here is just one instance.

Question: How to extend system partition on Windows Server 2003? I am using Windows Server 2003. However, the Windows Server 2003 disk manager will not allow me to extend system partition directly. Microsoft Partner Support says I can only extend a Windows Server 2003 system partition by reformatting the drive and reinstalling the Windows Server 2003 Operating System or turning to a third-party solution. But I am not told which third-party partition manager software to use on Windows Server 2003. Any ideas?

Answer: To extend system partition on Windows Server 2003, there're 2 choices: diskpart command and professional server partition manager - EaseUS Partition Master Server Edition.

Method 1: Extend System Partition on Windows Server 2003 with Diskpart Command

Extend system partition on Windows Server 2003 with Diskpart command can always be a choice. You can type diskpart to start the utility. Type list to get an overview of all disks and volumes. Select the volume you want to work with i.e. select volume 1. Once this volume is in focus, you can type extend to enlarge system partition on Windows Server 2003.

Extend system partition on Windows Server 2003
Extend system partition on Windows Server 2003 with Diskpart command

But to extend system partition on Windows Server 2003 with Diskpart command has some limitations: before you can use diskpart.exe commands to extend system partition on Windows Server 2003, you must first list and then select the object to give it focus. When an object has focus, any Diskpart.exe commands that you type on that object. And you can only give focus to one partition on the selected disk.

Plus, to extend system partition on Windows Server 2003, there must be some unallocated space behind the system partition. Otherwise, you cannot extend system partition on Windows 2003 with Diskpart command. That's why we need to extend system partition on Windows Server 2003 with third-party partition manager software.

Method 2: Extend System Partition on Windows Server 2003 with EaseUS Partition Master Server

To extend system partition on Windows Server 2003 with third-party partition manager software, we recommend you to use EaseUS Partition Master Server Edition. It is a professional server partition manager software to proven by thousands of IT administrators.

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 Server 2016 is supported

EaseUS Partition Master Server Edition manages Windows Server integrated partition manager function, disk/partition copy, partition recovery function for quick and safe partition management on Windows Server 2003. You may perform basic and advanced partition operations on your Server without data loss, including: Resize and Move partitions, Copy Partition, Copy Disk, Create and Delete partitions, Format partitions, Convert partitions, Split partition, Merge partitions, Set active partition, etc. Changes of server partition can be previewed before applying to the hard disk and all data is completely protected during any operation.

The following is step-by-step instruction to extend system partition (C: drive).

 

Step 1: Run EaseUS Partition Master

Run Server partition manager

Step 2: Resize Server Partition

1. To shrink a Server partition:

  • Right-click a partition which you want to shrink and select "Resize/Move".
Resize partition size to free up space
  • Drag the partition handle leftward to shink partition and click "OK" to continue.
Extend Server Partition

2. To extend a Server partition

Repeat 1 to free up unllocated space on the Windows Server disk, and continue with tips below to extend a Server partition.

  • Right-click partition next to the unallocated space, select "Resize/Move".
  • Drag the partition rightward or leftward to move unallocated space next to the target partition.
  • Click "OK".
  • Right-click on the target Server partition, select "Resize/Move" and drag the partition into the unallocated space.
  • Click "OK" to continue.
Extend Server Partition

Step 3: Apply and keep all changes

Click the "Execute Operation" button and click "Apply" to keep all changes.

For more detailed information, please visit resizing and moving partitions.

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Will it cause any data loss after resizing the partition in EaseUS Partition Master?

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What should I prepare before resizing the partition?

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