Since Windows server OSs like 2000, 2003 and 2008 applied, a series of common partition operations are taken into practice for the further needs of Windows server performance and manage.
Why merge partitions into larger one?
Improper exist partition distribution
Make full use of free space/unallocated space for meet the needs in daily works
Increasing data storage needs
Better documents classifications
Running out of space, highly data loss risk
Why split partition into smaller partitions?
Irrational partition size
Subdivision for the better data classifications
Different programs store method
So, how we can realize the jobs that users usually think impossible because it is on the exist hard disk and Windows Disk Management have no specific solution? If several years ago, people have no idea but have to reinstall the server OS to repartition hard drive again and again. Fortunately, we found that there are many partition magic alternatives in fashion on the market which are transcend the Windows Disk Managements' shortcomings and all Windows server OSs supported.
(P.S: Partition Magic 8 is a computer program for partition management from Power Quest Corporation, which was acquired by Symantec in 2003. The program runs on Microsoft Windows Operating Systems or from a bootable CD-ROM. It is compatible with Windows NT, 98, ME, 2000, and XP desktop editions.)
Here, we mainly introduce Partition Magic Server software - Partition Assistant Server Edition which can merge and split partitions in Window Server OSs safely and steady.
Download DEMO Version to follow the tutorial. Its installation wizard also can help you successfully install within several minutes.
- Merge partitions
1). Launch Partition Assistant Server, your local computer disk/partition information displayed in right main panel.
2). Suppose we want to merge D: partition and the following E: partition (E: partition has no important files) into larger one. First, we need delete E: partition as unallocated space. Right click E:, choose "Delete" option in the drop-down menu.
3). E: partition now became unallocated space, click D:, drag the right side into right to occupy the unallocated space.
4). Then, you will see below status, the two partitions are merged into one. (Note: in order to avoid the mistake, the changes we did before are pending to take into effect. You can check it in the "Pending Operations" box at the lower left corner, if it right, you can click "Apply" bottom at the toolbar or if it is wrong, click "Redo", "Undo", "Discard" to cancel the change.
Note: If there is unallocated space exist, we can directly merge the partition by dragging.
1). Based on the above works, we continue splitting partition next. Suppose we want to split the E: partition because it is large enough. Click E:, we can drag both right left and right side to release free space for create another partition.
2). After the free space is released, next we start to create partition. Right click the released unallocated space; choose "Create" option.
3). Then, we get the following image shows the detail information about create partition.
-Partition Label: Choose your own expected special name in order to differentiate from other partitions.
-Drive Letter: Select the provided drive letters in the drop-down menu. (P.S: "None" means the new created partition will be hided)
-Create As: Two choices - Primary partition and Logic partition.
Primary partition is used for setting active; Windows operating systems or other systems are start from primary partition.
Logic partition, to some extent, it is extended partition.
-File System: NTFS, FAT32 and FAT.
NTFS supersedes the FAT file system as the preferred file system for Microsoft's Windows operating systems nowadays.
FAT32 and FAT are old file systems; they are simple and readable to work on a large number of operating systems. They can not support the file which is larger than 4GB.
4). Once these preparation are done, like introduced before, click "Apply" on the toolbar, it will only takes you several seconds to accomplish the works.
We have introduced the detailed operations information here, this Partition Magic Server Software - Partition Assistant Server works well in Windows Server OSs, merge partitions or split partition, extend partition or shrink partition, etc, such operations are not difficult to realize from now on.