It is well known that the Windows Server 2008 is more excellent than the former version (Server 2003). Here, two important features – “Extend Volume” and “Shrink Volume” – are added to the Windows snap in disk management utility (or DM). It means that people can increase boot partition size in Server 2008. What’s more, it says that the data security can be assured in the process of operation (note: backup data is a must before resizing partition in DM). However, many users may suffer from data loss since backing up data is really a time wasting and risky task. In addition, this tool still has some limitations which make it impossible to change partition size.
Note: If one who wants to extend partition in DM, the unallocated space should stand closely behind the target partition; the file system of the specified partition must be with NTFS.
At this time, people had better resort to a third party partition manager. To expand server partition in an easy way, I’d like to recommend MiniTool Partition Wizard. This powerful and profesional partition magic can accomplish lots of jobs in disk management. And people will never be afraid of data loss.
Download and install the software into the computer.
Launch it to enter its main interface. Then detailed instructions will be displayed below.
1. Select partition C and click “Extend Partition” from the left panel to get the next window.
2. Borrow free space from other partitions on the same disk to expand server partition and drag sliding bar to the desired value. Then, click “OK” to return to the main interface.
Here, we can preview that the size of Windows boot drive has been enlarged to 49.20GB (the size before is 17.04GB).
3. No change will be executed unless we click “Apply” option. And this can help users get rid of misoperations.
Besides increasing boot partition size in Server 2008, operations (like “Move /Resize Partition” , “Split Partition”, “Merge Partition”, “Convert NTFS to FAT”, etc) are also offered by MiniTool Partition Wizard.