Resize Partition in Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 SP1 with Three Solutions
In order to maximize utilization of server storages and optimize server performance, it's a common need for system administrators to resize Windows Server 2008 partition. Although Windows Server 2008's Disk Management snap-in and Diskpart Command Line are available to resize partition, there are some limitations in both utilities.
Limitation 1: I have a Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 with C and D drives. I free up 30 GB space from the D drive using the "Shrink Volume" option and want to add it to C drive. However, the "Extend Volume" greyed out.
Limitation 2: When trying to extend a partition in Windows 2008 Server with Diskpart, I received an error message: "Diskpart failed to extend the volume. Please make sure the volume is valid for extending"
Three solutions to resize partition in Windows Server 2008
Solution 1: Partition Magic Server Software helps resize partition without losing data
Solution 2: Resize Windows 2008 Server partition with Diskpart
Solution 3: Resize partition with Windows Server 2008's Disk Management snap-in
All the above solutions allow you to resize Windows Server 2008 partition. As mentioned earlier, you can only resize partition in Windows Server 2008 with Disk Management snap-in and Diskpart under certain circumstances.
Solution 1: Resize Windows Server 2008 partition with Partition Magic Server Software
There are lots of partition software and which one is available? Some unreliable software might destroy all your important data during the process of resizing partition in Windows Server 2008. Therefore, it is very important to choose a reliable one. According to the feedbacks, Partition Magic Server Software - Partition Assistant Server is highly recommended.
The following is a step by step tutorial on how to resize Windows Server 2008 partition without losing data and rebooting:
Step1: Launch Partition Assistant Server. The user-friendly interface makes the task very easy and simple. Select D partition, and right click on it and select "Resize Partition" in the menu item.
Resize Windows Server 2008 Partition
In the pop-up window, position the mouse pointer on the right handle and drag the slider bar leftwards to shrink the data partition.
Shrink Windows Server 2008 Partition
Step3: Click "OK". You will find there is some unallocated space behind D partition. Then, right click on it again and select "Move Partition".
Move Windows Server 2008 Partition
In the pop-up window, position the mouse pointer on D partition and move it rightwards to make the unallocated space locate behind C drive.
Move Windows Server 2008 Partition
Step4: Click "OK" and select C drive. Then, position the mouse pointer on the left handle and drag the slider bar rightwards to extend Windows Server 2008 partition.
Extend Windows Server 2008 Partition
Step5: You can preview the extended C drive and reduced D partition. To save the changes, please click "Apply" to perform the "Pending Operations".
When all operations are finished, you will receive a message like the one below. Besides, no reboot is necessary.
Windows Server 2008 Partition Resized
Last but not the least, compare with built-in Disk Management and Diskpart Command line, Partition Assistant Server Edition is much more convenient, easy and safe to resize partition for Windows Server 2008. It enables you to perform basic and advanced disk&partition operations without losing data, deleting partitions and rebooting computer.