Method 1: Server partition software help increase partition size
Method 1 cannot increase partition size for Windows Server 2008 with some limitations, therefore, why not use method 2 which can help easily increase Windows Server 2008 partition size with Partition Magic Server Software - Partition Assistant Server Edition. It's the best choice because it can move partition to the proper location for the further needs and without any data loss.
Step by step instruction of increasing partition size for Windows 2008
Open Partition Assistant Server.
Shrink D partition like below:
Drag the right edge of C drive to merge the unallocated space.
Click "Apply" on the toolbar.
Method 2: Increase partition size with Windows Server 2008 Disk Management
Unlike Windows 2000, 2003 Server, Windows Server 2008 Disk Management allows users to resize partition with "Extend/Shrink Volume" features. Users can enjoy the benefits under some conditions: There must be some contiguous unallocated space behind the partition which size needs to be increased.
Right click "Computer" → "Manage" → "Storage" →"Disk Management" and get the following screenshot:
Shrink the data partition D which is larger enough to free up some unallocated space. Right click D and choose "Shrink Volume".
In the pop-up window, specify the amount of space to shrink.
After the step2, the partition info shows as following screenshot. We can simply find that "Extend Volume" grayed out when we right click C drive. That's because the unallocated space is not behind C drive.
Why choose Partition Magic Server Software to increase partition size?
Windows Disk Management shortcomings:
From two methods above, Windows 2008 Disk Management can not help increase partition size if there is no contiguous unallocated space, which means the operation will be stopped because Windows 2008 Disk Management can not move unallocated space.
Server partition software benefits:
With the handy Partition Assistant Server Edition, not only can you easily increase partition size for Windows Server 2008, but realize better partition management. Compare with the Windows 2008 Disk Management, it is really worth relying on. Free download now!
Tips: For Enterprise users, Unlimited Edition provides unlimited usage within one company to save money, namely, you can install it on multiple machines in your company to maximize business productivity whilst minimizing the total cost of management.
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