Extend Boot Partition in Server 2003

by Max / Tuesday, October 18, 2016 / PUBLISHED in HELP

Boot partition cannot be easily extended in Windows Server 2003 if you're diskpart command line; the best solution is to use professional partition software when you have needs on resize and move partition on server disk. Macrorit Disk Partition Expert Server Edition is the one to compete diskpart.exe, the build-in tool in Windows Server. Without rebooting or repartitioning, Partition Expert make extending and shrinking partition safe and fast while data stay intact. OK, let's check out what are the differences between diskpart command prompt and server partition software.

Extend Boot Partition Server 2003 Diskpart

Diskpart command prompt in Server 2003 to extend boot partition requires:

  1. NTFS file system in boot partition;
  2. Continues unallocated space to boot partition;
  3. Server 2003 boot CD (disc);
  4. Reboot Server System.

Commands in diskpart to extend boot partition are:

  1. list disk;
  2. select disk [disk number];
  3. list partition;
  4. select partition [partition number];
  5. extend size=[partition size];
  6. exit.

Reboot again, and you have boot partition extended, if you don't have unallocated space followed boot partition, or it's FAT32 in your C Drive. You can use Partition Expert to extend boot partition without rebooting and data in every partition stay the same as before. Here're the steps to extend boot partition in Partition Expert Server Edition:

  1. Download, install, and Run Macrorit Disk Partition Software;
  2. Click D Drive, and select "resize/move volume", in the resize window, drag the handle on the left to reduce size on D partition, and click OK to close this window;
  3. shrink_d_drive
  4. Click C Drive when unallocated space is created, "resize/move volume" again to open resize C Drive window, drag the handle on the right to the end, click OK and this operation will pending;
  5. extend_c_drive
  6. Finally, click OK and Commit to make pending operations take effect.
  7. commit_extend_c_drive

Partition Expert Server Edition fills the gap of server disk management and diskpart command prompt in Server 2003, makes it complete in resizing partition missions. When you have problems related to server disk, Partition Expert is here to help.

Boot Partition, System Partition, Primary Partition and C Drive

Along with boot drive, C Drive, system drive, and primary drive, they always mean the same thing: Boot Drive, the partition with OS in, often called C Drive, which can only be installed on a primary partition. But data partition can also be primary partition; when we talk about primary partition, we normally mean the first partition on your disk, the one with system in.

Primary Partition:

"A primary partition contains one file system. In DOS and all early versions of Microsoft Windows systems, Microsoft required what it called the system partition to be the first partition. All Windows operating systems from Windows 95 onwards can be located on (almost) any partition, but the boot files (io.sys, bootmgr, ntldr, etc.) must reside on a primary partition."


System Partition: in wikipedia, system partition and boot partition are put together as one term.

System partition and boot partition are computing terms for disk partitions of a hard disk drive that must exist and be properly configured for a system to operate correctly.