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Is it possible to shrink Server 2003 partition? The answer is yes! Why do I talk about Windows server 2003 here? Well, in the fields of server Operation System, Windows server 2003 is widely-used among business users. Considered to be the cornerstone of Windows server system line, Windows Server 2003 is more scalable and delivers better performance than its predecessor Windows server 2000.
As a corporate IT administrator, sometimes you need to repartition especially shrink your Windows server 2003 partition for further usage. It's common that the boot partition C drive is for Operation System. To lower the risk of losing data, we often store our important data on other logical partitions. Then the free space on C partition might be a waste. To make the best use of server space, you need to resize server 2003 partition.
When you shrink server 2003 partition, unmovable files such a page file or a shadow copy storage area cannot be relocated. Therefore you cannot shrink your Windows server 2003 partition beyond where these types of files are located. If you want to further resize server 2003 partition, you will need to remove, move, or delete the page file or shadow copy storage area first, then shrink the partition, and then add the page file or shadow copy storage area back to the drive. To repeat is a solution, but no one would like to waste their time to do it. The most time-saving and efficient way is to shrink Windows Server 2003 partition with reliable server partition software, which can help you shrink or extend partitions without data loss, copy partitions to ensure data security, etc.
"I'm trying to shrink the a data partition to free up some space on a Windows 2003 Server. I've been trying to use diskpart.exe shrink command. I first select the d volume and the I ran shrink with the desired and minimum amounts. It did not worked. I then typed help and it listed all of the available options and Shrink was not one of them. Is there something I need to download to get the shrink functionality or am I missing a step?"
This is user's experience. The answer is NO, Diskpart command cannot shrink Server 2003 partition, because shrink subcommand is not provided by Diskpart.exe in Windows Server 2003. So a third-party server partition manager software is needed.
As I have mentioned that choosing the reliable server partition software is the first step to ensure data security. Now, I find a useful Windows server 2003 partition tool - EaseUS Partition Master Server Edition. It can perform all the advanced functions well just as it claimed to meet the needs of server users. With the help of EaseUS Partition Master Server Edition, resizing server 2003 partition is easy and fast. It allows you to freely shrink a partition on Windows Server 2003 without destroying any data.
Here're some tips on operating this excellent server 2003 partition software:
Firstly, Launch EaseUS Partition Master Server Edition.
On the disk map, the current size of all the partitions on your Windows Server 2003 is displayed. The diagram also depicts the drive status, such as volume, used and unused space, the type of file system.
Secondly, position the mouse on the left or right partition handles and drags the handle to shrink the partition size you want.
At last, apply all the pending operations and reboot your Windows Server 2003. You would have a shrunk drive as shown in the screen shot. With the unallocated space, you can create or extend other partition as you wish.
From above, you can find that it is easy to shrink Windows Server 2003 partition with EaseUS Partition Master Server Edition. Besides resizing server 2003 partition, it also allows other operations including create, delete, format, hide/unhide, copy partition, copy disk, merge two partitions, on Windows 2000/2003/2008 (32/64 bit). The upgraded functions designed for shrinking and extending Windows 2003 partition offers more security and stability. You can download this excellent server 2003 partition software and test how it perfectly shrink Windows server 2003 for you.