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How to Resize Partitions under Windows Server 2003

  • Windows Server 2003 is often the operating system of choice for many users. Server 2003 is popular with many users due to its excellent performance, security, reliability, availability and stability. Server 2003 also plays a very important role networking. Thus, it is imperative to maximize the performance of your server system. In order to increase the performance of Windows Server 2003, often you will need to resize its partitions. Then how do you resize Windows Server 2003 partitions?

    Here is an example of how to extend boot partition from 5.3G to 10G of windows Server 2003 Virtual Machine.



    Here we go. First, power off the virtual machine that you want to extend.

    Next, increase the size of the .disk or .vmdk virtual disk file from the service console.

    Then, power off the second Virtual Machine running Windows Server 2003 and add the disk from the first Virtual Machine to it. Power up the second one and check than it has unallocated space.

    Input "diskpart.exe" into the run menu and click OK and then you will see the command list volume:



    It shows you all the available volumes. Select your volume as shown below. Select volume 1 corresponds to the "D" volume that you want to extend. Finally, extend the volume with the extend command.

    Finally, shut down the second Virtual Machine and remove the disk from the second one. After that, power on the first machine and the boot volume has been resized.



    Now that is one way to resize partition under Windows Server 2003, how do you like it? You must find that the method above is a little bit complex. Why not try an easier and safer way?

    It is much simpler with Partition Wizard:
    Just with a click of a few buttons, you can resize Windows Server 2003 partitions in no time.
    1. Launch Partition Wizard, you will see the main interface:



    2. Right click the partition and select Resize/Move.

    3. A popped-up dialog box indicates the current size of the selected partition. The box also depicts the used and unused space on the partition and the free space surrounding the partition (if any exists); the minimum and maximum sizes that you can resize a partition; cluster size of the partition.



    4. Move the mouse pointer to the right partition handle. Drag the handle to the partition size you want when the mouse pointer changes to a double-headed arrow and click OK.



    5. Click OK and apply the operations, and you're done!

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