For Windows Server 2003 users, it is a good idea to convert basic disk to dynamic disk, because dynamic disk can meet Server 2003 users' demands, namely combining several disks to one big volume to store files which take up much space or combining then to a volume which has fault tolerance function to store important files which require higher security. However, when dynamic disk brings convenience, it also brings Windows Server 2003 user a big trouble. In other words, it is difficult to operate dynamic volume under Windows Server 2003. As is well known, for it is quite difficult to resize partition under Windows Server 2003 without the third party partition magic, in general situation, Server 2003 users always resort to partition magic to perform server partition management. Nevertheless, many Server 2003 users are troubled by the problem that the partition magic they use does not support resizing volume under Server 2003. To solve this problem, they have to reselect a partition magic which supports dynamic disk management. Here, I recommend MiniTool Partition Wizard, because this partition magic not only has the competence of managing larger disk and partition, but can manage dynamic disk as well.
To manage dynamic disk, we should know what kind of volume dynamic disk has and what functions these volumes have first. Now, let me introduce dynamic volume:
1. Simple volume: it is similar to partition on basic disk.
2. Spanned volume: it is made up of discrete unallocated spaces on multiple disks (2 or more disks, and 32 at most).
3. Mirrored volume: two spaces with the same size on 2 disks constitute one mirrored volume whose use ratio is 50%, but it has pretty good fault tolerance competence.
4. Striped volume: it is composed of at least 2 disks which allocate the same space. This kind of volume has quite fast storage speed.
5. RAID 5 volume: it is made up of three or more disks and has faster storage speed and pretty high fault tolerance competence.
This is a brief introduction to dynamic volume. After seeing this introduction, you should have got a basic understanding of dynamic disk. Next, we can begin to perform dynamic disk management. In order to make users know how to operate MiniTool Partition Wizard more intuitively, I will demonstrate resizing simple volume under Windows Server 2003.
Resizing simple volume under Windows Server 2003 with MiniTool Partition Wizard
To resize simple volume under Windows Server 2003 with MiniTool Partition Wizard, we need to visit its official website https://www.partitionwizard.com/ to free download this partition magic at first. Then, install and run it to enter the following interface:
This is the main interface of this partition magic. To resize simple volume under Windows Server 2003, please select the simple volume which needs resizing, and then click "Move/Resize" to enter the next interface:
In this interface, drag black triangles on both sides of the volume handle or input desired value to change the length of the volume handle (here, I demonstrate extending simple volume), and then click "OK" to confirm operation. Next, we go back to the main interface:
Here, we can see the selected simple volume has been extended. Now, we click "Apply" to perform operation. After that, we are successful to resize simple volume under Windows Server 2003.
From the above demonstration, we can see this partition magic has dynamic disk management functions. Of course, it has basic disk management functions, too. If you are doubtful about these functions, you can visit its official website where detailed demonstrations of how to resize partition under Windows Server 2003 are provided.