It is well known that the Disk Management in Windows Server 2000, 2003 does not have the features of "Extend Volume" and “Shrink Volume”. The significant advantages make it quite challenging for Windows Server users to increase or decrease partition size based on their personal requirements. Especially the Server system is almost full and needs to be extended in time, otherwise, the OS will run slower and slower.
The good news is that the “Extend Volume” and “Shrink Volume” features are added to Disk Management in the subsequent Server OS, like Server 2008, 2012, 2016, etc. However, the “Extend Volume” option only work when there is unallocated space right adjacent to the target partition, or you will find the Extend Volume greyed out.
As a workaround, you can delete the partition, which is located right behind the to-be-extended partition, to get an adjacent unallocated space, and then extend the partition successfully. Of course, doing that will erase all data on the deleted volume, so a backup is necessary.
To get around such hassles and extend partition more easily, you can turn to the third-party partition manager like Partition Magic. However, this tool cannot run on Windows Vista and later versions, and Server editions of Windows NT, 2000, 2003, etc. Moreover, the Symantec website states, “Sorry, we no longer offer Norton Partition Magic” on October 13, 2011. Today, we would like to introduce another partition magic manager for Windows Server users.
Download free partition magic for Server 2022, 2019, 2016, 2012, 2008, and 2003
To resize partition, especially extend a partition, on Windows Server more conveniently, you can free download the AOMEI Partition Assistant Lite Edition. It supports Windows Server 2000, 2003, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2019, 2022, Windows SBS 2003, 2008, 2011 and Windows Hone Server 2011.
It is able to create, delete, format, shrink, and create new partition. For resizing partition, it allows you to make unallocated space adjacent to the target partition, and then extend the volume successfully. The following steps will show you how to extend a volume via this free partition magic in Server.
Step 1. Install and run AOMEI Partition Assistant Lite. Right click the partition that locates in the way of the aim partition and unallocated space and select “Resize/Move Partition”.
Step 2. Then drag the slider to the right to move it and click on “OK”.
Step 3. Then you will find the unallocated space is moved to the right adjacent side of the target partition.
Step 4. Right click the target partition and select “Resize Partition”.
Step 5. Then drag the slider to the right side to extend it and click “OK”.
Step 6. Click on “Apply” on the toolbar to commit the pending operation.
Then the selected partition will be extended successfully with the unallocated space.
The best partition magic Server to manage disk partition with ease
The AOMEI Partition Assistant Lite version only provides the basic partitioning features. If you want to experience more advanced features, you have a better choice.
AOMEI Partition Assistant Server is a more comprehensive Server partition manager and fully compatible with Server 2022, 2019, 2016, 2012, 2008, 2003 and Windows 11, 10, 8, 7. There are many powerful features, such as, clone partition, wipe partition, convert file system from NTFS to FAT32 without losing data, convert disk between MBR and GPT without deleting partition, even clone Windows Server 2022 to new hard drive, etc.
If you want to extend the Server partition with it, you can try Allocate Free Space features, which can allocate free space from one partition to another directly. Please download the Server Demo for a free trial.
Step 2. Tick the unallocated space or the partition you want to merge and after that, click on “OK”.
Step 3. Back to the main interface, click “Apply” at the toolbar to submit all the operations.
Did you see? If you are looking for a partition magic for Windows Server, AOMEI Partition Assistant must be the correct answer. To unlimited use it within one company, you can turn to AOMEI Partition Assistant Unlimited, its "Create Portable Version" enables users to create AOMEI Partition Assistant to a removable device so that users can directly run it on target computers without installation.