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3 Best Windows Server Partition Tool/Software Free Download [Free & Paid]

Updated by Daisy on Apr 02, 2022
Written by Tracy King
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  • Applies to: All Windows Server systems, from Server 2003 to the latest Server 2022.
  • Supporting: Create, delete, format, extend, shrink disk partitions in Server computers, and more advanced operations.

Is There a Free Partition Manager for Windows Server? Yes, or No

While searching partition manager software for Windows Server, many Windows Server administrators prefer free partition software for partitioning disks and volumes in their computers. However, is there a free partition manager for Windows Server users to apply and effectively manage disks independently?

The answer to this question is both Yes and No.

We say Yes because Windows Server systems contain built-in tools that work to execute some basic disk partition operations for free. And the free Server partition tools are:

  1. [1]. Disk Management in Server
  2. [2]. DiskPart Command Prompt in Server

The reason why we claim the answer "No" is that when you search "best free partition software", you'll get a list of free software for Windows personnel and home users. Unfortunately, the search result doesn't match your expectation quite well. And, when you switch the keyword as "free partition manager Windows Server" or "free Windows Server partition manager", you'll see a list of Windows Server partitioning software recommendations. 

Then, you enter each page and find these software claims to be free but designed for home and personal users. Unfortunately, Windows Server administrators or IT service providers still require payment. 

What Is the Best Windows Server Partition Manager [Free & Paid]

So which tool to pick as a productive partition manager software for managing Windows Server partitions and disks? 

Here, we'll compare two free Windows built-in partition management tools - Disk Management and DiskPart command lines with a reliable third-party Server partition manager software - EaseUS Partition Master. And you'll know which tool to pick based on universal disk partitioning purposes:

Features Disk Management DiskPart Command Prompt EaseUS Partition Master
Supported OS All Windows & Windows Server systems. All Windows & Windows Server systems. All Windows & Windows Server systems.
Basic Features
  • Create a new simple volume
  • Extend volume
  • Shrink volume
  • Delete volume
  • Format volume
  • Create a new simple volume
  • Extend volume
  • Shrink volume
  • Delete volume
  • Format volume
  • Create a new simple volume
  • Extend volume
  • Shrink volume
  • Delete volume
  • Format volume
Advanced Features
  • Convert Basic to Dynamic
  • Convert MBR to GPT or GPT to MBR (Requires deleting all partitions)
  • Convert Basic to Dynamic
  • Convert MBR to GPT or GPT to MBR (Requires deleting all partitions)
  • Convert Basic to Dynamic or Dynamic to Basic
  • Convert MBR to GPT or GPT to MBR
  • Clone Disk or Partition
  • Migrate OS to HDD/SSD
  • Partition Recovery
  • Create, extend, shrink dynamic volume
  • Convert NTFS to FAT32 or FAT32 to NTFS
  • Change cluster size
  • Manage 4Kn hard drive
Difficulty Level Medium Complex Easy

So which tool should you pick for managing disk partitions on your Server computers?

  • For an easy and free partitioning solution, Disk Management is trustworthy for Windows Server users.
  • However, if you tend to convert disk between MBR and GPT, migrate OS to SSD, or even upgrade the entire system disk to a new one without reinstalling the system, EaseUS Partition Master deserves your trust. 

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How to download and apply the desired partition manager software or tool to execute disk management operations on your Server? Follow the guide below to start managing your disk partitions now.

3 Best Windows Server Partition Tools Free Download for Managing Partitions 

Here, we'll show you how to download and apply the Server partition manager tools to extend, shrink, create, or execute some advanced operations on your computers. The three tools will be listed from easy to complex.

Let's get started here.

#1. EaseUS Partition Master Free Download with How-To Guide

EaseUS Partition Master is a third-party disk partitioning software that enables all levels of Windows and Windows Server users to execute basic and advanced partition management operations effectively. It applies to supporting all Windows Server users to extend, shrink, create, format partitions, and upgrade disk or system to a new drive successfully in a few simple clicks.

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Your trustworthy Windows Server disk manager.

Extend System drive, combine/split partitions.
Clone disk, migrate OS to HDD/SSD.
Convert MBR to GPT, GPT to MBR, no data loss.
1-click adjust disk layout, create volumes at one time.

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Let's see how to use it:

1. Partition Hard Drive

Step 1. Check for free space

To divide a disk partition into multiple ones, you must ensure that there has adequate free space to be allotted.

Step 2. Shrink a disk partition to create unallocated space

By doing so, start with the "Resize/Move" feature. Right-click on a partition with a lot free space and select "Resize/Move".

decrease partition step 1

Drag either end of the partition rightwards or leftwards so you can shrink its size as the red arrow does, in order to get ample unallocated space. You can visually know how much space you've decreased in the "Partition size" area. Click "OK".

decrease partition step 2

At last, you need to click the "Execute xx Operation" on the top menu and then "Apply" to save all the changes. Go back on the main window, there should be unallocated space appearing under the same disk of the shrinked one.

decrease partition step 3

Step 3. Create a new partition on unallocated space

The last step is to turn the unallocated space into a usable partition drive with a recognized file system. Right-click on the unallocated space and choose "Create...".

create partition step 1

Customize the partition information by choosing a drive letter, partition label, file system (NTFS, FAT32, EXT2/3/4, exFAT) and many more settings in the Advanced Settings. Click "OK".

create partition step 2

Finally, click "Apply" to confirm that you want to create a partition on the unallocated space. Repeat the whole steps to partition a hard drive in many more partitions.

create partition step 3

2. Convert Disk from MBR to GPT

3. Clone Disk, Upgrade to New HDD/SSD

Step 1. Select the source disk.

Right-click the disk that you want to copy or clone. Then, select "Clone".

Step 2. Select the target disk.

Choose the wanted HDD/SSD as your destination and click "Next" to continue.

Step 3. View the disk layout and edit the target disk partition size. 

Then click "Continue" when the program warns it will wipe out all data on the target disk. (If you have valuable data on the target disk, back up it in advance.)

You can select "Autofit the disk", "Clone as the source" or "Edit disk layout" to customize your disk layout. (Select the last one if you want to leave more space for C drive.)

Step 4. Click "Proceed" to start the disk cloning process.

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#2. Disk Management Free Download with How-To Guide

Note that Disk Management is a Windows built-in tool that helps Windows users to execute some basic operations on their disks. Therefore, if you tend to manage hard drive partitions with this tool, you don't need to download nor install the tool at all.

And here are the tips to manage hard drives in Disk Management:

1. Create a New Simple Volume

  • Press Windows + S keys, type "Create and format hard disk partitions", and click to open Disk Management.
  • On the target disk, right-click unallocated space, and select "New Simple Volume".
  • Set file system, drive letter, and volume size to the partition.
  • Click "Finish" to complete the process.

create new simple volume

2. Shrink Volume

  • Press Windows + S keys, type "Create and format hard disk partitions", and click to open Disk Management.
  • Right-click on the partition that you tend to shrink, and select "Shrink".
  • Set the size that you tend to shrink on the target volume, and click "OK" to confirm.

Shrink volume 

3. Extend Volume

Note that to extend volume on Server computers by using Disk Management requires that you have unallocated space left next to the target volume.

  • If your disk doesn't contain unallocated space, you need to shrink a neighbor volume in advance. 
  • If the unallocated space is not next to your volume, EaseUS Partition Master, with its Resize/Move feature, can directly add the free space to the target partition. 

Here are the steps to extend volume in the Server computer with unallocated space left behind:

  • Open Disk Management, right-click the target volume, and select "Extend Volume".
  • Select to add the unallocated space into the target volume, and click "OK" to confirm.

Extend volume

4. Format Volume

Before you take action to format volume, make sure that you have backed-up all essential content to another drive. Here are the steps:

  • Open Disk Management, right-click the target volume you want to format.
  • Select "Format", set the file system, and click "OK".

Format partition

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While using Disk Management, you may encounter some specific errors. Here are some tutorial tips that you may like:

#3. DiskPart Command Prompt Free Download with How-To Guide

Similar to Disk Management, DiskPart is a command prompt tool that runs syntax lines to order your computers to execute disk partitioning and other operations.

Make sure that you are very careful while running its command to perform disk management tasks on Server computers.

1. Create Volume

  • Press Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog, type cmd, and click "OK". 
  • Type diskpart in Command Prompt and hit Enter.
  • Type the following command lines and hit Enter each time:
  1. list disk
  2. select disk *
  3. create partition primary size=* (MB)
  4. assign letter=G (add drive letter)
  5. select volume * (* means volume number)
  6. format fs=ntfs quick

Create new simple volume

2. Delete Volume

  • Press Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog, type cmd, and click "OK". 
  • Type diskpart in Command Prompt and hit Enter.
  • Type the following command lines and hit Enter each time:
  1. list disk
  2. select disk *
  3. detail disk
  4. select volume *
  5. delete

Delete volume

3. Format Volume

  • Press Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog, type cmd, and click "OK". 
  • Type diskpart in Command Prompt and hit Enter.
  • Type the following command lines and hit Enter each time:
  1. list disk
  2. select disk *
  3. list volume
  4. select volume
  5. format fs=ntfs quick 

Or, you can replace NTFS with other file systems you prefer to set to the volume.

format volume

It doesn't matter when you encounter errors with executing the above operations with diskpart, you can follow this guide for help: Fix Command Prompt Not Working in Windows 11/10.

Conclusion

We answered the question "Is there a free partition manager tool" for Windows Server on this page. 

  • For Yes, the reason is that Microsoft developed two free tools - Disk Management and DiskPart to help manage hard drives.
  • For No, these two tools only work in basic disk management situations. For advanced demands, like cloning or upgrading OS drive, you still need to turn to professional Server partition software for help. 

We provided free and paid partition manager tools for all Windows Server users to apply for executing different tasks. Among these three tools, to quickly optimize partitions on your computer, EaseUS Partition Master shall stand out and help to manage your internal and external disks. 

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Updated by Daisy

Daisy is the Senior editor of the writing team for EaseUS. She has been working in EaseUS for over ten years, starting from a technical writer to a team leader of the content group. As a professional author for over 10 years, she writes a lot to help people overcome their tech troubles.

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Written by Tracy King

Tracy joined in EaseUS in 2013 and has been working with EaseUS content team for over 7 years. Being enthusiastic in computing and technology, she writes tech how-to articles and share technical solutions about Windows & Mac data recovery, file/system backup and recovery, partition management and iOS/Android data recovery.

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