Tips Solutions to Create Partition on Server 2003/2008/2012

Why You Need to Create Server Partition

  • Situation 1: When you install a new hard disk in Windows Server, you have to initialize it first. But it will not be shown in "My Computer" unless you create partition on it. Or you need to create server partition on unallocated space to make full of the hard disk.
  • Situation 2: After the hard drive has been used for a period of time, you may discover that the existed partitions are not reasonable. And then you need to create new partitions to manage your data in a better way

Suppose that you are running Windows Server 2003 and want to create server partition, what should you do?

Actually, there are more than one tool can be used to create partition on Windows Server 2003. The first one is Windows snap-in Disk Management; and the second is a third party server partition manager. As the best partition magic for Windows Server 2003, MiniTool Partition Wizard is really a good choice.
The followings are the specific introductions of creating partition on Windows Server 2003 by using these two server partition managers.

How to Create Partition on Windows Server

  • Solution 1: Create Partition by Using Disk Management

You can open Disk Management by clicking My Computer > Manage > Management, and enter its interface.

  • Way 1: Create Partition on Unallocated Space

If it is a new initialized hard disk or there is unallocated space on it, you can use this way to create server partition.

  • Step 1. Select the unallocated space and choose "New Partition" from the right click menu.
  • Step 2. In the following wizard, you can choose to create a primary partition or extend partition, adjust the partition size, assign a drive letter, and select the file system, allocation unit size as well as volume label. Then, press "Finish" to complete the operation.

Notice! You need to click "New Simple Volume" in step 1 and create primary partition only if you are using Windows Server 2008 or later Windows Server versions.

However, this way is not always available. MBR hard disk can only have four primary partitions, or three primary partitions plus one extended partition at most. If there are four primary partitions on the MBR hard disk, even there is still unallocated space on it, you are not allowed to create partition by using Disk Management.

  • Way 2: Create Partition if There Is no Unallocated Space

You want to create a new partition on the hard disk, but there is no unallocated space on it. This time, you can shrink a partition to release some space and then create server partition on the new released unallocated space.
To shrink a partition by using Disk Management, you can select the target partition, click "Shrink Volume" from the right click menu and follow the next wizard to complete the operation.
Then you are able to create a new partition according to Way 1.

Notice! In Windows Server 2003 and earlier Windows Server versions, there is no "Shrink Volume" option in Disk Management. So you are not allowed to create server partition if there is no unallocated space on the hard disk.

  • Solution 2: Create Partition by Using MiniTool Partition Wizard

MiniTool Partition Wizard is a professional partition manager, which has five editions: Free Edition, Professional Edition, Server Edition, Enterprise Edition and Technician Edition. If you are running Windows Server 2003, you should choose to use the Server Edition to create partition. Actually, MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition can be used on Windows Server 2000/2003/2003 R2/2008/2008 R2/2011/2012/2012 R2 and Windows PC OS 32 bits and 64 bits.
The Server Edition is a piece of paid software, but you are allowed to download and install the demo edition on your computer to try its functions first.

  • Way 1: Create Partition on Unallocated Space
    • Step 1. Open the demo edition and enter its main interface. Then select the target unallocated space and choose "Create Partition" from the left operation bar.
    • Step 2. On the pop-out window, you can define the properties of the partition you are going to create. Unlike creating server partition by Disk Management, all these properties can be chosen from just one window in this step
  • Way 2: Create Partition if There Is no Unallocated Space

As it is mentioned above, on Windows Server 2003, you are not allowed to shrink volume to release space for partition creating. But with MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition, you can achieve this aim.
The followings are the steps to shrink partition, and then you can create server partition according to Way 1.

  • Step 1. On the main interface of the software, select the target partition and choose "Move/Resize Partition" from the left operation bar.
  • Step 2. On the pop-out window, you are able to shrink the size of the target partition by dragging the black arrow according to directions marked on the next step-by-step picture. And then, click "OK" to go back to the main interface

Since way 1 and way 2 are using the demo edition, you will receive a notice as following after clicking "Apply".

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