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If you are a user of Windows Server 2000/2003, you can only turn to a third party partition resizer to resize your Server partitions, such as EaseUS Partition Master Server Edition and others. Can Windows Server 2008 built-in disk management resize partition without data loss? According to Microsoft, Windows Server 2008 claims to develop, manage partitions, however, no data security ensured. You may have a try to resize your Windows Server 2008 partition, but it will cause risk to your data.
Windows Server 2008 built-in disk management can shrink and expand partitions, but it does the work very slow and no safety is guaranteed. The outstanding Windows Server partition magic resizer can be your choice and it won't take a lot of money. Or if you insist on trying the Windows Server 2008 built-in disk management, here are some information for you to follow.
Here is an example of using the Disk Partition Resizer Utility:
When I tried to install Windows Server 2008 on the computer, the first step I took was to partition the hard disk. So I just decided to go on and install Windows 2008 Server anyway. I had two partitions on my computer. The first partition was the C drive which had Windows XP installed on it and the other partition was D drive which had all my data. There was no way I can install Windows 2008 Server on C drive. So, I installed Windows 2008 Server on D drive. After installing Windows 2008 Server, I went to the Computer Manager by right clicking on the "Computer" icon and "Manage". There you would find the Disk Management option. From there, select the D drive and choose "Shrink". It will shrink the partition to all available space.
This will take a long time to complete without any notification, while EaseUS Partition Master won't take so long, just a few minutes. So, don't think Windows Server 2008 has hung. Let it finish and you will find D has been shrunk and there's a new partition.
Now move all your data from D drive to the new drive, say E drive. Now, my Operating System runs very well, and my site behaves great.
However, the Disk Partition Resizer Utility has its limitations such as backup your partition, and there is not any indication of schedule while resizing which seems like a system halt. There is a good piece of news for Windows Server 2008 users: EaseUS Partition Master Server Edition, which supports resize/move partition, merge partitions, resize dynamic volume, and more other partition management feature under Windows Server 2008 and ensures the data safety. It helps you to resize partitions on your Windows Server 2008 without data loss.
The following is step-by-step instruction to extend system partition (C: drive).
1. Launch EaseUS Partition Master and if there is no unallocated space in the disk. First you need get it by shrinking one partition.
2. Click Partition E and choose "Resize/Move partition" at the left sidebar. Drag the partition handle leftwards to resize E drive. Then there will be unallocated space behind E: drive.
3. Move E: drive rightwards to let the unallocated space be behind the system partition (C: drive) and click OK.
4. Select the system partition (C: drive), right click it and select "Resize/Move partition", drag the partition handle rightwards to extend system partition (C: drive).
5. Click Apply.
For more detailed information, please visit resizing and moving partitions.
Besides Partition Manager, EaseUS Partition Master provides Partition Recovery Wizard and Disk and Partition Copy Wizard features. It is a complete solution to solve your Server disk and partition problems.