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Server 2008 resize partition guide

Running out of space on your Windows Server 2008 hard disk? No disk space left in C drive to install updates or applications? No certified third party tools to expand the partition to available free space? Don't worry, in this article, I'll introduce how to resize Server 2008 partition to remove Low Disk Space warning and extend the C drive with ease.

You don't need to start over, modify any settings, or move files. All that you need to do is dragging and dropping on the disk map to shrink and extend partition. Within several minutes, you have a "new" Windows 2008 Server again. Then which partition tool can be used and how to resize partition on Server 2008 without losing data?

How to resize Server 2008 partition with Diskpart Command Line (diskpart.exe)?

  • 1. Press Windows and R key, type cmd, and then press Enter.
  • 2. Type diskpart in the command prompt.
  • 3. Type list volume and press Enter.
  • 4. Type select volume * and press Enter. (* is the drive number or drive letter)
  • 5. Type shrink/extend desired = (* MB) and press Enter.
  • 6. Type exit and press Enter and close it.

Extending partition can be realized by Diskpart commands only when there is Unallocated space behind the partition that needs to be expanded.

Diskpart.exe cannot move partitions.

In most cases, the Unallocated space is not behind the partition you want to extend or there is no unallocated space for you. Under this conditions, you would need professional server partition manager software for Server 2008 to resize partition.

Server 2008 resize partition under Disk Management

To shrink Windows Server 2008 volume, right click on the volume that you want to resize and select the option "Shrink Volume".

Shrink Windows 2008 partition Enter amount to shrink

To extend Windows Server 2008 volume, right click on the volume to be extended and select "Extend Volume" and then specify the amount of space by which you want to extend the volume.

Extend Server 2008

Extend Server 2008 drive

Actually, Windows Server 2008 Disk Management is interfaced from Diskpart.exe, so Disk Management's shortcomings also reflect the limitations of Diskpart command line.

With Server partition software, there are no such limitations, you just need to drag and move on the disk map to repartition.

Server 2008 resize partition with Partition Magic Server?

Partition Magic Server is a magic Server partition manager for Windows Server 2000, 2003, 2008, Small Business Server 2003, 2008, 2011 and Windows XP, Vista, 7 (32 and 64 bit). It performs basic and advanced hard disk partition maintenance. This flawless hard disk management allows user to Resize, Merge, Shrink, Extend system and data partition. Create, Delete, Format, Copy, Hide, Set Active, Convert, Wipe partition, etc.

Allocate free space

Partition Magic Server provides 3 ways for 2008 Server to resize partition.

  • Resize/Move - Shrink a data partition to get some free space and then extend the system partition.
  • Extend Partition Wizard - Shrink one or all data partitions and extend the system drive with step by step guide.
  • Allocate Free Space - One step to shrink a specified data partition and extend the system drive.

If there is no free space in C drive and "Low Disk Space" warning constantly pops up, you'd better resize Server 2008 partition to fix this problem as fast as possible, as system maybe crash if the free space is extremely low.

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