Shrink Volume Windows 2003 R2
Windows Disk Management tool, the built-in partition manager, is able to create partition and delete partition on server disk, that's quite enough for new disk partitioning, but in later use, when resize partition becomes a daily job, Server Disk Management becomes not qualified, we need to seek replacement of this partition software, one owns the function of shrinking volume and extending partition.
Macrorit Partition Expert Server may be the choice, safe, green, portable and powerful in managing server disk.
Shrink C Partition Windows 2003
When installing server 2003 system on a new disk, many users have not much experience on how much space should distribute to C Drive, so it's inevitable that we might have given too much free space on system partition, in order to make better use of disk space, we need to shrink C Drive in Windows 2003.
How to Shrink Server 2003 C Drive
Unlike Windows Server 2008, we can run Disk management to shrink volume directly, but in its pioneer, Windows 2003 doesn't support such function. We'll Shrink Volume in partition software Macrorit Partition Expert Server then, download it and we'll start:
- In Partition Expert, click C Drive, and click Resize/Move Volume;
- In the resize system partition window, we can drag the handle at the end of the partition to shrink volume;
- Click OK when you think it's enough, and we do recommend leaving at least 32GB for C Drive running;
- Click Commit in the main window and Partition Expert will shrink C Drive for you.
As you may have known that C Drive disk space will get increased after months, because of the temporary and log files, so do a monthly cleaning up on C Drive is insurance for smooth running server system, or else you'll have to extend C Drive again when low disk space alert shows.
Shrink Data Partition Windows 2003
Of course, in most cases we'd like to shrink data partitions to increase system partition, in Windows 2003, we always suffering the warning of low disk space on C Drive, we're actually interested in how to extend C Drive and how to shrink data partition at the same time.
Well, steps are much alike above mentioned, we just need to resize data partition first, and move unallocated space to C Drive, you can do like this:
- Choose a data partition rich in free space; resize move volume on it;
- Shrink it with the steps above, and you'll get some space unallocated;
- Move the space to C Drive with the function Resize Move Volume and click C Drive;
- Resize C Drive by dragging the handle to the end in the resize window;
- Commit all the operations, and data partition decreased, C Drive extended.
With professional server partition software to manage disk, we can have a better performance Windows system to ensure that it has been working properly without worrying data loss in resizing. Macrorit Partition Expert Server is the best alternative to Windows Server 2003 Disk Management in the way of more powerful functions available and stable.