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How to resize partition on Windows Server 2008/2003/2000 and Windows 7/Vista/XP?

Low disk space on Windows Operating System family

No matter which Operating System you are using, you'll encounter the partition low disk space problem. In Windows XP and Server 2003, a low disk space alert will pop up like below. In Windows 7, after you open My Computer, you'll find the system partition is displayed as red if there is little free space.

PC low disk space

Windows 7 low disk space

Windows Server 2008 and Windows 7 improved the features of Disk Management, with which you can shrink and extend partition without third party tools. However, there are many disadvantages of Disk Management, for more about this, please refer how to shrink and extend partition.

It is troublesome if the Windows system partition running out of space, as you cannot install updates and other application, and the system runs extremely slow, leads to system crash if there is no free space in the system partition.

Third party software to resize partition

As I mentioned above, if you use Windows XP or Server 2003, you have to resize partition with third party resizing tools. Though Windows 7 and Server 2008 Disk Management has Extend and Shrink feature, you cannot extend a partition if there is no unallocated space behind it. In fact, these features are useless to resize partition, so third party professional partition resizing software is your better choice.

Which tool to resize partition?

The first and most famous partition software is Partition Magic, but it is no longer for selling and there is no Partition Magic Server edition. Fortunately, there are many Partition Magic alternatives to resize partition, for example, Acronis Disk Director, Paragon Partition Manager, EASEUS Partition Master, Partition Magic Server, Partition Assistant, etc.

To Home users, there are free partition software for Windows 7/Vista/XP system, of course, there are shortages, comparing to the business version. More about this please refer Partition Magic Windows 7.

Which tool is better for Windows Server to resize partition?

In the market, there are many Server partition tools, so you'd better check it out carefully before buying, you may refer to the Comparison of Server partition software.

In technical forums, many professionals recommend Partition Magic Server. Based on the enhanced data protection technology and copy wizard built in Partition Magic Server Edition, it is highly recommended with its excellent advantages while resizing Windows server partitions. Besides, It is able to extend NTFS system partition without reboot to maximize the server performance and minimize the downtime of the server. That is to say, if your Server system partition is NTFS, you can resize Server partition without downtime.

In fact, Partition Magic Server is not only a Server partition resizer, but also a toolkit for you to manage and maintain your disk partition.

How to resize partition?

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.

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

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