To meet practical demands, I plan to increase size of C drive in my Windows Server 2008 computer. Under Windows Disk Management tool, there is 20 GB of “Free Space” – (right next to the C partition). I have tried using disk manager provided by the operating system and third party server partition managers downloaded from the networks, but all of them are not workable for me. What can I do when it is not available to extend volume in Windows Server 2008?
The two terms both refer to storage space that does not contain any data, but they are different to some extent. It is of great significance to know the exact differences between the two, if users are trying to translate an error message from storage or memory system, or if they are planning or modifying computer system capacity.
Though unallocated space and free space both refer to computer storage, the former is “RAW” space, while the latter is prepared for use. To use an unallocated space for data storage under Windows operating system, users are supposed to perform partitioning and then formatting. After that, the unallocated space will show as “free space” in Disk Management snap-in. Generally speaking, if users delete a Logical partition, system will leave its container as Free Space. However, the space gained from Primary partition shrinking or deleting will be labeled as Unallocated Space. That is why free space can not be used to extend Primary partition even when the segment of disk space is right adjacent to target partition.
Well then, how to fix the issue that Disk Management tool fails to extend Server 2008 primary partition when the rightly neighboring segment of disk space is marked as free? Actually, a piece of software which treats Unallocated Space and Free Space the same can masterly tackle certain issues, and powerful MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition is one of such software. Here, the detailed tutorial on how to expand Server 2008 C drive with the recommended software is given.
Follow the guidance below, if users have downloaded and installed the excellent server partition management software:
Step 1. Launch MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition to open its main interface.
Step 2. In the main interface of the server partitioning software, choose target partition from disk mapping area and click “Extend Partition” from left action panel.
Step 3. Under “Take Free Space from” tab, choose a partition with much unused space left or an unallocated space to take free space from. Then, drag the sliding handle to take needed capacity of free space. After that, click “OK” button to go back to main interface of the software.
Step 4. Returning to main interface of the software, users need to click “Apply” button in the upper left corner to let the software apply the preview effect.
With MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition, users can increase size of primary partition even when Windows Server 2008 Extend Volume feature is not available in Disk Management tool. Hurry to experience the high performance of the partition magic server, if partitioning issues are disturbing you.