In the past years, Partition Magic was a well-known partitioning software to manage hard drives. However, Symantec stopped providing the technical service. Thus, Partition Magic is only compatible with Windows 98, Windows XP and Windows 2000 Professional.
As time goes by, Windows has come to the time of Windows 10 and Windows Server 2012. Among the many available Server OS, Windows 2008 enjoys high reputation. But since Partition Magic can’t keep pace with Windows Server 2008. Users have to head for other locations to find a reliable free partition tool fir Server 2008. Among the many freeware, Windows snap-in Disk Management is the top choice.
Disk Management is a Windows snap-in partition manager to rearrange hard drives. It provides many useful features to manager basic disks and dynamic disks. What’s more, it is free. Based on these points, many users take Disk Management as their first choice to deal with hard drive issues.
To put it simple, as a free partition tool for Server 2008, Disk Management offers the following features:
• For new disk: initialize to MBR or GPT.
• For basic disk: convert to dynamic disk, offline, view property…
• For basic partition: open partition, explore partition, change drive letter and path, format partition, extend volume, shrink volume, add mirror, delete volume, view property…
• For dynamic disk: offline disk, view property…
• For dynamic volume: open volume, explore volume, extend volume, shrink volume, change drive letter and path, format, delete volume, view property…
By clicking on a partition or hard drive, you will find the above features in the popup window. However, there are several points you should pay attention to. For example, there is no way to convert file system unless you format the partition; you cannot turn dynamic disk back to basic unless clean the drive; you cannot merge two partitions or split a partition; you cannot fix MBR or do partition recovery…The limitations are so much…
Considering these aspects, we suggest you to have MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition as your second choice, because it is more powerful than Disk Management. However, it is not a freeware.
As the alternative of Partition Magic, MiniTool Partition Wizard brings many popular and functions, making disk management easier and safer. Among MiniTool Partition Wizard families, the Server Edition is specially designed for Windows Server 2000/2003/2008/2011/2012. Besides, its powerful features range from create/delete/format/move/resize Server partitions, copy partition/disk, change cluster size, convert GPT <=> MBR disk, convert primary <=> logical partition, convert dynamic disk to basic, to disk surface test…All in all, it can help you to optimize your computer performance with ease.
Sounds good, right? Now take a look at what can MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition do for you. Here are four pictures that tell the available features when you are operating a partition, a basic disk, a dynamic volume and a dynamic disk.
1. What can MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition do to partitions:
2. What can MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition do to basic disks:
3. What can MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition do to dynamic volumes:
4. What can MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition do to dynamic disk:
By viewing the above pictures, you know Partition Wizard is offering more than Disk Management can. Besides, it has a clean and straightforward interface. Furthermore, if you have an experience of using this Server partition manager, you will find that it is very easy to operation each operation even if you are a newbie.
In a nutshell, Windows Disk Management is a reliable Server partition freeware that can help to deal with simple issues that can appear when using disks and partitions. However, MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition provides more robust functions emphasis on preserving data integrity throughout the operation. If you are interested in this server partition manager, you can download the DEMO Edition to have a try at first.