The system partition of my Windows Server 2008 is running really low. Concerning the negative influences brought by low disk space on system partition, I plan to adjust partition size on Windows Server 2008. I know there is a built-in Disk Management tool in Windows Server 2008, but I wonder if it works when the unallocated space is not behind the target partition.
It is a common need for system administrators to resize system partition under Windows Server 2008, if users want to maximize utilization of server storages and optimize server performance. Thus, how to meet certain demand becomes a leading concern. Resort to Disk Management tool or “Diskpart” command line?
1. Use Disk Management snap-in
Note: “Extend Volume” is available only when there is contiguous unallocated space behind the partition that users want to extend. If not, the option will be greyed out.
To begin with, click Start > Programs > Administrative Tools > Computer Management > Disk Management to run the tool.
Secondly, right click the volume to be enlarged and click Extend Volume.
Thirdly, click Next and follow Extend Volume Wizard.
Fourthly, choose the disk and define the amount of space to use for the volume extension.
2. Use “diskpart” command line
Notice: “Extend Volume” is available only when target partition is formatted with NTFS and there must be some contiguous unallocated space behind target partition, or the messages “The volume you have selected may not be extended. Please select another volume and try again”.
The following is the detailed process to extend partition
A. Type “list volume” to display the existing volumes on the disks.
B. Type “select volume 1”. The number is the volume that users want to extend.
C. Type “extend x”. (X presents the volume to be expanded.)
D. Type “exit” to finish.
As users can see, Windows built-in Disk Management tool and Diskpart command line can not perfectly fulfill partition extension due to their functional limitations and defects. In such cases, how to expand system partition? Actually, using third-party server partition software is a good choice. And professional MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition enabling users to perform basic and advanced disk and partition operations without losing data or rebooting system is highly recommended for users.
Here, we will explain how to resize system partition for Windows Server 2008 step by step:
1. Download and install the server partition management software. Then, run it to open its main interface.
2. In the main interface, choose the partition to be extended (Since users want to enlarge system partition, they need to choose C drive). Then, click “Extend Partition” in left action panel.
3. In this interface, specify a partition with much unused space left or an unallocated space to take free space from. Afterwards, gain needed capacity of free space by dragging the sliding handle. Then, click “OK” to go back to main interface.
4. After returning to main interface, users will find that the chosen partition has been expanded. If users want to apply the partition extension effect to computer, just click “Apply” button in the upper left corner.
System partition resizing is finished by the recommended software within four steps. If users are facing the same issue, hurry to download the powerful MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition.