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How to Upgrade Primary Disk to Larger HDD on Windows Server

  • Question: we plan to upgrade current disk to two 1TB disks (one system and one RAID), and system information is here: Dell PowerEdge PE2900, Windows 2003 R2 SP2, Hot swappable 250GB HD, 2 HD RAID

    disk partition information in disk management

    Can MiniTool Partition Wizard upgrade my primary disk to larger HDD on Windows Server 2003? If yes, please show me detailed steps. Thanks a lot.

    Answer: our software can complete this upgrade in quite easy operations, but server edition is needed, for both Free Edition and professional edition do not support server. After cloning primary disk, users do not need to reinstall operating system and other installed apps since programs on new disk can be used as usual. More importantly, the server partition manager will not bring any damage to data even if power failure emerges suddenly. Next, we will show users detailed steps to clone primary disk.

    How to Upgrade Primary Disk to Larger HDD on Windows Server 2003

    Firstly, we should confirm the larger HDD has been connected to server. Then, launch the server partition manager MiniTool Partition Wizard to get its main interface:

    minitool partition wizard server edition main interface

    In the main interface, select the primary disk which will be cloned and choose "Copy Disk" from the left panel.

    upgrade primary disk to larger hdd on windows server select hdd

    Then, select the HDD which will store content on the primary disk and click "Next>".

    upgrade primary disk to larger hdd on windows server choose copy method

    Next, choose one of three copying methods according to actual needs and click "Next>".

    upgrade primary disk to larger hdd on windows server note

    Here, users will be taught how to boot from the new HDD, namely making the new disk as the default boot disk in BIOS setting. Then, click "Finish" to get the window below:

    upgrade primary disk to larger hdd on windows server apply change

    Now, we can see all partitions and data on source disk have been cloned to the new HDD namely Disk 2, but partitions do not have driver letter since Windows requires 2 different partitions can not have the same drive letter. Just ignore this issue and click "Apply" button to apply changes. Note: since the primary disk is being used, users will be asked to restart the computer, and all changes are going to be applied in boot mode. It may cost some time, so please wait patiently. When all changes are completed, the computer will reboot automatically. Please open BIOS setting during reboot and make the computer boot from the new HDD. After successful setting, Windows will boot from the new disk. In other words, to upgrade primary disk to larger HDD on Windows Server 2003 is completed.

    After seeing the step by step demonstration, users would know how to finish disk upgrade in Windows Server 2003. As a matter of fact, users can also employ the server partition manager to upgrade primary disk to larger HDD on Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2012 R2 apart from Windows Server 2003. Download MiniTool Partition Wizard to clone disk if needed.