Tuesday, February 26, 2013

How to resize server partitions without influencing partition data?


Resizing partitions is a common operation for ordinary users, which benefits partition management. Actually, this operation also plays an important role in server partition management. Then how to resize server partitions? It depends. As to Windows Server 2008 and 2012, users can use disk management tool sometimes, because their tools are equipped with "Extend Volume" and "Shrink Volume" functions. But those tools can only be used on a certain premise. As to Windows Server 2003, users who are proficient at computer knowledge can use command prompt tool toresize partitions, for its disk management tool has no functions to resize server partitions. Actually, the operations will be much easier if users consider using another method. We'll introduce it briefly.

An easier way to resize server partitions
Partition magic has been admitted by many computer users. As a matter of fact, it is an excellent tool for partition management. And professional server partition magic is able to resize server partitions without so many limitations; users can download it from http://www.partitionwizard.com/.  

The above is the main interface of the recommended server partition magic. We can see many partition management functions listed under "Operations" column. "Move/Resize Partition" and "Extend Partition" functions can be used to resize server partitions, including system partition. We'll show how to extend and shrink Partition F: in detail.

Extending server partition
Select Partition F: and click "Extend Partition" function. The following interface will be shown.

We can use free space of the other three partitions to extend Partition F:. Here, we'll select Partition G:. Then drag the button below to resize partitions.

We can see partition sizes below after resizing. Then click "OK" to go back to the main interface.
We can see Partition F: is extended and Partition G: is shrunk accordingly. Click "Apply" to execute the operation.

Shrinking server partition
Select Partition F: and click "Move/Resize Partition" function. The following window will appear.


Drag the two arrows towards the middle or input exact value in the textboxes below to shrink partition, as follows.


Then click "OK" to go back to the main interface.

We can see Partition F: is shrunk and two unallocated spaces appear. Click "Apply" to execute the operation then. 






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