Can I use Windows 2003 diskpart extend the volume?

Windows Server 2003, which is also regarded as Win2K3, is a server operating system released by Microsoft on 24 April 2003. According to Microsoft, Windows Server 2003 is more scalable and delivers better performance than its predecessor, Windows 2000.

Why need to use Windows 2003 diskpart extend the volume?

Generally speaking, it is difficult for Server 2003 users to extend system partition Server 2003. Because there is no resize and move functions in the built-in Disk Management. If a Server 2003 user wants to extend system partition Windows 2003, he should reformat the drive and reinstall the Windows Server 2003 Operating System, which is time-consuming and dangerous. Why not use Windows 2003 diskpart extend the volume?

Extend system partition with Windows 2003 diskpart extend command

It is a common choice to extend system partition with diskpart command. Type diskpart and you will get a layout of all disks and volumes. You must first select the volume to give it the focus, and then you can specify how large to make the extension.

However, there are many limitations to extend system partition on Windows Server 2003. For example, there must be some unallocated space behind the system partition. Otherwise, you will receive an error message: "diskpart failed to extend the volume. Please make sure the volume is valid for extending". In fact, there is a third-party Server partition software – Partition Assistant Server Edition, which can allow you to extend the volume easily and safely.

How to extend system partition Windows Server 2003 with Partition Assistant Server Edition

  1. Launch server partition manager.

    Launch Partition Assistant Server Edition

  2. Click "Extend Partition", and select "Extend system partition".

    Select Extend System Partition

  3. Tick "Automatical mode for extending a partition" to get unallocated space automatically.

    Select Automatical Mode

  4. Drag the slider rightwards or type the proper volume into the "Partition New Size" box.

    Specify New Size

  5. Click "Proceed" to confirm the pending operations.

    Click Proceed

From above we can conclude that Partition Assistant is superior to Windows 2003 diskpart extend function, there is no limitations to extend the volume. In addition to extension feature, there are many powerful functions on Partition Assistant, such as resize/move partition, split patition, merge partitions and so on.

For enterprise users, Partition Assistant Unlimited Edition is a better choice to support the unlimited usage within one company. You can use Technician Edition to provide charged technical services to your clients.

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