Disk Expansion Steps using Diskpart on Windows 2000, 2003 & 2008 Servers

By | May 2, 2014

‘Diskpart.exe’ is a Microsoft utility used to dynamically increase disk volume capacity on servers that are running of Windows 2000, 2003 and 2008 Server Operating Systems.

As per Microsoft, the NTFS file system maximum partition size is 2TB

Procedure how to expand the disks using Diskpart command

Go to Command Prompt (with admin rights)

Step 1:

Type DISKPART at the root directory (make sure diskpart.exe file available in the root or in the path)

Step 2:

Check the Volume size and disk storage that is currently available and extend the volume size.


Microsoft DiskPart version 5.2.3790
Copyright (C) 1999-2001 Microsoft Corporation.
On computer: Computer1

Disk ### Status Size Free Dyn Gpt
——– ———- ——- ——- — —
Disk 0 Online 8 GB 0 B
Disk 1 Online 5114 MB 0 B
Disk 2 Online 210 GB 10 GB
Disk 3 Online 20 GB 0 B
Disk 4 Online 20 GB 0 B

DISKPART> SELECT DISK 2 – Disk 2 is now the selected disk.


Partition ### Type Size Offset
————- —————- ——- ——-
Partition 1 Primary 200 GB 32 KB

DISKPART> SELECT PART 1 – Partition 1 is now the selected partition.


DiskPart successfully extended the volume.


Steps to Extend the Boot Partition on Windows 2008 Server

For Windows 2008 Server, to expand the boot drive (system C drive) doesn’t require any reboot. Operating System supports this behaviour.

a. Click ‘Start’, and then click ‘Server Manager’.

b. In the navigation pane, select ‘expand Storage’, and then click ‘Disk Management’.

c. In the details pane, right-click the volume that we want, and then click ‘Extend Volume’.

d. Follow the instructions in the ‘Extend Volume Wizard’ to extend the boot partition.

PS: The above said steps for the ‘Basic’ disk expansion. In case of Dynamic disk expansion, it can be expanded by right clicking on the required drive / disk and select expand.

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