Knowledge of upgrading Windows disk tool
Windows Server is the most popular server operating system. Many people use Windows
Server to do their business nowadays. From Windows Server 2003 to the latest Windows
Server 2012, These Microsoft server platform become more and more stability and
security. Their functions also have been improved very much. For example, you could
not shrink or expand a partition with Windows built-in disk management on Windows
Server 2003, but Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2012 enable you to do these
with the updated Windows disk manager.
Although upgraded Windows disk tool has been enhanced quite a lot, it still has many
limitations. Because Microsoft Windows Server is only a platform and it can’t do
every thing. It is well-known that with the usage of computer, your partition will
be full one day, especially the system partition. Then your computer processing
speed will be slowed and the system may be crashed. The most reasonable solution is
resizing/extending system partition. If you think you can enlarge system partition
on Windows Server 2008 or 2012 with Windows disk too, you are wrong. To extend
system partition, there must be an unallocated space behind system partition. In
fact, there in no in common sense. If you want to create an unallocated volume, then
move it behind the system partition, that may cause data loss.
Used GParted to repartition Windows Server
Good news is you can try GParted to repartition Windows server. It is an open-source
alternative: Gnome Partition Editor, which is licensed under the GNU General Public
License (GPL). You can download it from many famous software website. GParted works
great with RAID and NTFS partitions.
Note that because GParted is an open-source program, you use it at your own risk.
Therefore, it’s important that you create a good back up before you run GParted.
Failure during repartitioning could cripple the whole server. Many geeks like this
free solution. To use GParted, you must first download the CD Image file (.iso file)
of GParted Live for this program. There are many instructions on where to find and
how to burn the GParted ISO file, so I ignore them here. Notice that during the time
that the GParted ISO is mounted you will be booted into this live CD rather than
your normal operating system, basically meaning that during this process there will
be down time from normal server operations. I also remind you that have a basic
understanding of computers and are comfortable with using system management tools.
Also, a basic understanding of the terminology is required.
AOMEI Partition Assistant replaces GParted for repartitioning Windows Server
If you just want to resize Windows Server partition quickly and don’t want to know
much about partition and so on. GParted isn’t a good choice. Instead, I think you’d
better find another third-party server
partition software takes the place of GParted repartition Windows Server.
Here, I recommend you try AOMEI Partition Assistant Server Edition, which supports Windows Server 2019/2016/2012(R2)/2008(R2)/2003, ect. It has no limitations like Windows built-in disk manager
and easy to use as some commercial solutions.
Next I will show you how to use AOMEI Partition Assistant Server Edition to
repartition Windows Server. Because Windows Server 2019 is the newest server
version, system partition is the most often needed to resize, so I take how to
resize/extend system partition on Windows Server 2019 with AOMEI Partition Assistant
Server Edition as an example.
Two solutions to repartition Windows Server with AOMEI Partition Assistant
Step1: Download the demo version for a free trial, install and open, you will see its interface as the following
picture. Choose the option of “Extend Partition Wizard” from the left toolbar. See
Step 2: In the pop-up window, the first method is a wizard of extending system partition on Windows Server 2012. Click “Next” to go to the next step.
Step 3: Click “Next” to go.
Step 4: Select the D: partition to take the free space
Step 5: Extend system partition by moving the slider.
Step 6: All is OK, click to “Proceed” to commit the changes.
Step 1: After running the program, Right click partition E and
select “Allocate Free Space” option. In the pop-up window, type the value and select
C: (system partition). Click “OK” to back to the main screen.
Step 2: Back to the main menu, click “Apply” to proceed if you
have no question.
Comparing the two solutions, I think Solution B is easier. Now matter what
solution you choose, only a few steps you can repartition Windows Server successfully
with the help of AOMEI Partition Assistant Server Edition, and the system won’t need to
reinstall or reboot, the data won’t lose. So I think AOMEI Partition Assistant Server
Edition can completely replace GParted repartition Windows Server.