By AOMEI / Last Updated February 26, 2020

When need to shrink partition in Windows Server 2003?

Windows Server 2003 is more widely used among computer users since it provides better performance than its predecessor Windows Serve 2000. During the usage of Windows Server 2003, you might need to shrink partition for the following two purposes:

  • Extend one existing partition: When another existing partition like C drive is in low disk space, you can shrink another big partition to create an unallocated space to extend the small one.

  • Create more partitions: If you have lots of data to manage and want to find the specific one quickly, you can shrink a large size partition to get unallocated space, and use it to create more partitions to store different types of data.

How to shrink partition in Windows Server 2003?

Now the real question is how to shrink partition in Server 2003. Most users might consider using Disk Management. However, different from Windows Server 2008, 2012 and 2016, there is no Shrink Volume and Extend Volume features in Windows Server 2003 Disk Management. In this case, some users switch to use Diskpart.exe tool. Unfortunately, Diskpart cannot shrink partition in Server 2003 since it does not offer shrink command, either. Many users are looking for a way online to shrink Windows Server 2003 partition after they failed to do that in Diskpart. Below is one of them:

“Hi all, I am looking for a way to shrink a volume on Windows Server 2003. I looked at the Diskpart command, but the shrink option does not exist. Does anyone know if I am wrong and use the false function? Does anyone tell me if it is possible to shrink volume on Windows Server 2003? Thanks a lot”

If you are stuck in the same situation, don’t worry since next we will show you a safe and easy way to shrink partition in Windows Server 2003. Just keep reading!

Best way to shrink partition in Server 2003

To shrink partition in Server 2003 successfully, the best way is to use a professional partition management tool. When you Google it, many kinds of software can be found. Indeed, each of them has its own merits, but considering the utility, integrity, security and availability, I recommend the AOMEI Partition Assistant Server. With a clear and intuitive interface, you can easily understand what you are doing in every step.

Besides shrinking a partition in Windows Server, it has many amazing functions to make managing disk partitions as simple as possible. For example, it is able to copy partition, resize partition, move partition, wipe partition, delete partition, format partition and so on. Moreover, this partition manager software works well on Windows Server 2003, 2008 (R2), 2012 (R2), 2011, 2016, and 2019.

No matter you want to create a new partition or extend another partition with an unallocated space, you can follow the steps to shrink a partition to get such space first of all.

Step 1. Install AOMEI Partition Assistant Server Edition and launch it, in the main interface right click on F drive and select "Resize Partition".

Shrink Partition

Step 2. Drag the slider bar leftward or set the particular size on your own in the box below to shrink partition F like in the screenshot, then click "Ok".


Step 3. Click "Apply" on the tool bar to save your changes after previewing them.


See? Only several simple steps, you can shrink partition in Windows Server 2003 with ease. So when you cannot manage your partition as you expected in Disk Management or Diskpart in Windows Server computer, AOMEI Partition Assistant Server is a great alternative that will never let you down.