Window Server 2008 is a popular operating system in the daily use for commercial users. While using Window Server 2008, many problems can appear, thereinto, server disk management is a hot topic. Today we are going to talk about this issue.
When storing data to Windows Server 2008, many users don’t know how much data they will put into a specific partition as time goes by. Thus, after a period of time, disk partition layout is not as reasonable as they have thought at the beginning. So they have to find a way to help manage Server disks and partition. Server users who have a basic understanding may think of Windows Disk Management at first time, which is really a free server partition software and is helpful to some degrees.
Indeed, Disk Management helps a lot to deal with basic issues. For example, it offers functions like “New Volume”, “Extend Volume”, “Shrink Volume”, “Format”, “Convert to Dynamic Disk” and so on. By right-clicking on a partition or disk, users will find the available features. Here take “convert MBR disk to GPT disk” for example
To convert an MBR disk to GPT, users should first of all back up all data on that disk if it is necessary, delete all volumes on that drive and then choose “Convert to GPT”. Why? Because this option is greyed out if the hard drive is not empty. (see picture below)
Although Disk Management helps to do this conversion, we can see that the way it offers is somewhat stiff. Therefore, third-party partition manager Windows Server 2008 is a better way for Server 2008 users to manage their disk and partitions. Here MiniTool Partition Wizard is strongly recommended.
MiniTool Partition Wizard is a professional partition manager for Windows Server 2008/2003/2012 as well as Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10. It has five editions, each edition offers different features and can be applied to different environment. Thereinto, the Server Edition is the best choice to be used as partition manager Windows server 2008.
Here take convert MBR to GPT for example also.
First of all, install this partition manager for Windows Server 2008. Then, launch it to open its main interface:
In the main interface, all disks and partitions connected to server 2008 are displayed in the middle pane. At this time, please select the target disk and choose the function “Convert MBR Disk to GPT”. users can see that the disk attribute will be changed after choosing this feature.
Finally click “Apply” and save changes. All partitions are kept well without data loss.
Tip: As the server edition is a paid software, users can download the Demo Edition to experience the features. However, Demo Edition won’t allow to execute changes at last.
Here, we introduce two partition manager for Windows server 2008, and make a comparison of them by doing the same thing. If users want to know more about this server 2008 partition manager, please visit MiniTool Partition Wizard official website to get more information.