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Resize 2003 Server boot partition fast and easily.

When a boot partition C: drive is out of space, the Server computer will be fighting for the precious space and runs much slowly. You cannot install Windows updates or other programs. Windows crash if the free space is extremely low.

Originally, the Server administrators have to backup, delete the partitions, re-create larger boot partition and then restore. What a time-consuming work, the whole happy weekend will be wasted.

The most time-saving and easy way is resizing 2003 Server boot partition with reliable server partition software. After reading this article, you'll know how easy it is to resize 2003 Server boot partition without data loss, but before this, let's make a distinction between boot partition and system partition.

Definition of boot partition and system partition

The boot partition is the disk partition that contains the Windows operating system files and its support files, but not all files are responsible for booting.
The system partition is a disk partition that contains the boot sector and files such as NTLDR that are needed for booting Windows XP and earlier. (Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 and Windows 7 use a newer boot loader called bootmgr that replaces NTLDR and is configured by using BCDEdit.exe).

The system partition can be different from the boot partition, although they are often on the same partition (drive C:). Windows setup places the initial system partition based on motherboard BIOS settings.

Pay attention to data safety when resizing 2003 Server boot partition

For a Server administrator, to resize 2003 Server boot partition is not an easy task to do. Some unreliable software might destroy all your valued data during the process of resizing boot partition under Windows Server 2003 Operating System. No one wants to see boot failure or data loss.

Now, there is a fantastic partition software for you to resize system or boot partition in Windows Server 2003 – Partition Magic Server Edition.

  • With the integrated enhanced data protection technology, you don't need to worry about data safety.
  • Disk and partition copy feature helps you backup or migrate data easily.
  • If the boot partition is NTFS, you can extend it under Windows without restarting.

How to resize 2003 Server boot partition without deleting or reformatting?

Step 1, Launch Partition Magic Server, you'll see all disks and partitions that connected to your Server and free space, used space and other properties of each partition.

Resize boot partition

Right-click the data partition and select "Resize", in the pop-up window, drag the left border rightwards to shrink it.

Shrink data partition

There will be some Unallocated space behind the system partition.

Unallocated space created

Step 2, Right-click the system partition and select "Resize", in the pop-up window, drag the right border rightwards to hold the Unallocated space.

Extend system boot partition

Click "Apply" to proceed, done.

Partition resized

Now you have a "new" Server that can be used for a long time again.

In fact, Partition Magic Server is not only a partition resizing software, but also a toolkit to manage your Server and improve its performance. It helps you Resize, Merge, Shrink, Extend system and data partition. Create, Delete, Format, Copy, Hide, Set Active partition, Convert, Wipe partition and much more.

For enterprise users, Unlimited Edition allows unlimited installation within your company to save time and money.

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