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Convert system disk from MBR to GPT safely
If you are a Windows Server 2000/2003 user, you can only turn to a third party server partition resizer to resize your Server partitions, such as Server partition software and others. Can Windows Server 2008 built-in disk management resize partition without data loss?
Microsoft claims that Windows Server 2008 supports to develop, manage partitions, but no data security is ensured. You may try to resize your Windows Server 2008 partition with the built-in disk management tool, but it will cause risk to your data.
When I tried to install Windows Server 2008 on the computer, the first step I took was to partition the hard disk. So I just decided to go on and install Windows 2008 Server anyway. I had two partitions on my computer. The first partition was the C drive which had Windows XP installed on it and the other partition was D drive which had all my data. There was no way I can install Windows 2008 Server on C drive. So, I installed Windows 2008 Server on D drive. After installing Windows 2008 Server, I performed next operations:
Right click on "Computer" icon and "Manage" > Go to Computer Manager > Enter Disk Management option > Select the D drive and choose "Shrink".
However, the Disk Partition Resizer Utility has its limitations such as backup your partition, and there is not any indication of schedule while resizing which seems like a system halt. Windows Server 2008 built-in disk management can shrink and expand partitions, but it does the work very slow and no safety is guaranteed.
Or if you insist on trying the Windows Server 2008 built-in disk management, here are some information for you to follow. There is a good piece of news for Windows Server 2008 users that an outstanding Windows Server partition magic resizer - EaseUS Partition Master Server Edition can be your choice and it won't take a lot of money.
EaseUS Partition Master Server Edition supports resize and move partition, merge partitions, resize dynamic volume, extend system partition (C: drive) and other partition management features under Windows Server 2008 and ensures the data safety. It helps you to resize partitions on your Windows Server 2008 without data loss.
Besides Partition Manager, EaseUS Partition Master provides Partition Recovery Wizard and Disk and Partition Copy Wizard features. It is a complete solution to solve your Server disk and partition problems. Let’s take how to extend C drive for example and see how to use this software:
1. Launch EaseUS Partition Master.
2.If there is no unallocated space in the disk. Click one partition and choose "Resize/Move partition" at the left sidebar. Drag the partition handle leftwards to shrink partition and unallocated space will be left.
Move the shrunk drive rightwards to let the unallocated space be behind the system partition (C: drive) and click OK.
2. Right click system partition (C: drive) and select "Resize/Move partition", drag the partition handle rightwards to extend system partition (C: drive). Click Apply.