When I purchased my laptop, I asked the vendor to configure C drive on Windows Server 2008 R2 computer to have almost 200 GB, and other data partitions totally 250 GB. As time flies, I gradually find that the storage capacity of data partitions can not meet the actual demands. Therefore, I desperately need to shrink boot partition Server 2008 R2 with freeware.
In Windows Server 2008 R2, users are able to shrink partitions to a smaller size by using the Disk Management snap-in or from the command prompt using the “Diskpart” tool.
1. Utilizing Disk Management tool
The snap-in can be accessed either from the Server Manager or Computer Management tool. After running Disk Management tool, users just need to right click the volume needing to be shrunk and click Shrink Volume from pop-up window. Users who have experienced the feature must have noticed that it may be grayed out sometimes. Thus, it works limitedly.
2. Shrinking a Partition from the Command Line
This tool can be invoked by typing “diskpart” at a command prompt or in a Run dialogue box. It is noteworthy that logging in as Administrator is quite necessary (To do so, users can right click the command prompt icon in the Start menu and select Run as administrator from the resulting menu). To shrink certain partition, users need to carry out the following complicated operations:
A. Type “diskpart” in the command prompt.
B. Type “list volume” and press Enter.
C. Type “select volume X”(X represents the volume needing to be resized) and press Enter.
D. Type “shrink volume X” and press Enter.
E. Type exit and press Enter and close it.
As users can see, the “Diskpart” command line asks for intricate operational steps which will disturb most computer users. Moreover, during certain course, mistaken operations are most likely to cause data loss. Is there any easier and safer method for Server 2008 R2 partition shrinking? Definitely, there is and using third-party server partition manager software is a great choice. Since most computer users lack professional software knowledge, the selection of software is always a nuisance. Here, we highly recommend users to free download a piece of server partition management software – MiniTool Partition Wizard to shrink boot partition for Windows Server 2008 R2.
Before users start to shrink system partition with MiniTool Partition Wizard, they need to perform software downloading and installation at first. Then, follow those steps to fulfill Server 2008 R2 partition shrinking.
1. Launch MiniTool Partition Wizard to open its main interface:
2. In the main interface of the software, choose boot partition (here, directly choose C drive) and click “Move/Resize Partition” to get the following interface.
3. Drag the black triangles on both ends of partition or directly enter values to corresponding textboxes to shrink the chosen partition to a smaller size. After setting, click “OK” button to go back to main interface of MiniTool Partition Wizard.
4. Here, users can find that the exact partition shrinking effect is displayed and a pending operation appears in “Operations Pending” area. If it is satisfying, just click “Apply” button to apply changes.
The step-by-step operations to free shrink boot partition under Windows Server 2008 R2 are demonstrated as above. If users need other partition management solutions, please feel free to visit the official website of MiniTool Partition Wizard.