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Extend & Expand System Partition/C Drive without Reinstalling Windows

Case Study - A common question

"How to extend C drive in Windows 2003 Server"

My C drive is running out of space on my 2003 Server. The HD has 55GB free. I tried using Diskpart to extend the C drive from 12GB to 30GB, but I get an error that the volume may not be extended. Other than 3rd party software like Partition Magic Software, is there a way to extend the System partition?

The above question is a common issue. As there is no extend/shrink volume function in Windows 2003 Server Disk Management snap-in. Diskpart can really extend volume, but there are some limitations. The volume can not be either system or boot partition, only data volume with contiguous unallocated space can be extended.

Which partition software is available?

As a matter of fact, Norton Partition Magic 8 is not available on Windows Server Operating Systems. It is only compatible with Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP. As Partition Magic Server Software, Partition Assistant Server Edition can extend system partition in Windows Server 2000/2003/2008/2012, Windows Home Server 2011, Windows Small Business Server 2003/2008/2011 and Windows 8/8.1/7/Vista/XP on both 32 and 64 bit versions. Besides, it also lets you merge two partitions, split partition, allocate free space, merge unallocated space, copy partition and copy disk on MBR and GPT disk, etc.

How to extend system partition (C drive) with Partition Magic Server Software?

Step1: Launch Partition Assistant Server.

Partition Assistant Server

Step2: Select D partition. Then, right click on it and select "Resize Partition".

Resize Partition D

In the pop-up window, position the mouse pointer on the left slider bar and drag it rightwards to shrink D partition.

Shrink Partition D

Shrink D Partition

Step3: Click "OK". There will be some contiguous unallocated space behind system partition C drive. Select system partition C drive and drag the right slider bar rightwards to extend it into unallocated space.

Extend System Partition C Drive

Step4: Click "Apply" on the toolbar.

Click Apply

In fact, it is not easy for most users to extend system partition, because it may cause system fail and data loss. The easy-to-use and reliable Partition Magic Server Edition - Partition Assistant Server enables you to extend C drive in Windows Server 2000/2003/2008/2012 easily and safely. Partition Magic free download demo version and try it before you buy full version.

Tips: For Enterprise users, Unlimited Edition provides unlimited usage within one company to save money, namely, you can install it on multiple machines in your company to maximize business productivity whilst minimizing the total cost of management.

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