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Excellent Features of Windows Server 2003

Windows Server 2003 Operating System take the best of Windows 2000 Server technology and make it easier to deploy, manage, and use. In addition, Microsoft has improved and extended the Windows Server Operating Systems to incorporate the benefits of Microsoft .NET for connecting information, people, systems, and devices. Now, it is so popular with server users because of its security, reliability, availability, and scalability.

Disadvantages of Windows 2003 Server

Though Windows 2003 Server provides more excellent features, there are still huge disadvantages, such as low disk space problem. Due to more and more applications and updates installed into the Server system partition, there is less free space.

If there is not enough free space, Windows will pop up an alert like below, in this condition, the system runs much slower, you cannot install updates or other programs, system even crash if there is no free space. Bad enough, no Windows built-in utility to extend or resize the partitions.

Windows 2003 low disk space

Nowadays, no administrators would like to backup system and files, recreate large partitions and restore, as it cost such a long time. New technology make things easier, now, you can resize partition and extend the system C: drive directly, safe, fast and easily.

Resizing Windows 2003 partition can optimize the space usage and optimize its performance. In this article I'll introduce how to resize Windows 2003 partition, after reading it, you'll know how easy it is to resize partition on Windows 2003 Server.

Which tool to resize Windows 2003 partition

As there is no built-in partitioning tool in Windows 2003, you need a third-party 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, it is highly recommended 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.

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

How to resize partition on Windows 2003 Server?

It is extremely easy to resize partition on Windows Server. With the absolutely user-friendly interface, the functions of Partition Magic Server are easy to get access to. You just need to drag and move on the disk map to resize partition.

Any operations you do on the Server will be listed in the "Operations Pending" column, no changes take place on your partitions before you click "Apply". So if you are not sure about your operation, just undo or close this partition software and nothing will be changed.

Step by step instructions to resize Windows 2003 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.

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