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I am an IT administrator and usually deal with partitioning or resizing of Windows Server. Recently one of my friends asks me to help him to partition his personal computer. It has an 80 Gigabytes hard drive with four partitions and the Windows XP is mounted on the boot partition. Unfortunately, when he initially configures his system he sized his "C" boot partition too small. If the boot partition C: drive is out of space, the partitions will fight for the precious space with each other and run slowly with the installing of too many programs. So the key point is to increase boot partition size. He visits some internet forums and many suggestions about using Disk Manager built-in the Windows. He had a try of increasing boot partition size but failed in this way. He right clicks on his D: drive and deletes that partition so that to allocate the space of the D: drive to the C: drive. A prompt dialogue window indicates that all the data on the D: drive will lose if he deletes the partition. He couldn't make the decision of deleting all the important data on drive D: or remove all the files stored in the drive by using long time to increase boot partition size. Then he asked me for help to increase boot partition size without losing data.
As known to us, it can only be done with 3rd party utilities to resize the partition size. Which is the best one when you face a lot of partition utilities are spreading in the market? Here I will introduce a trustable partition software - EaseUS Partition Master Server Edition, which enables you to increase or decrease boot partition size without data loss. Even more EaseUS Partition Master Server Edition is the best value server partition software to partition server disk for IT administrators, and the Unlimited Edition allows you to use it on multiple machines within one company. It manages Windows Server fast and stably. You may perform basic and advanced partition operations on your servers, including: create and deleted partitions, resize and move partitions, merge partition, Copy Partition, Copy Disk, format partitions, hide and unhide partitions, set active partition, etc. Changes of server partition can be previewed before applying and all data is completely protected during all operations.
Note: Please skip step 2 and step 3 if the unallocated sapce already exists behind the boot partition.
2. Shrink the partition behind boot partition: right click E: drive, select "Resize/Move partition" and drag the partition handle leftwards to resize E drive.
3. Make unallocated space locates behind boot partition: move E: drive rightwards and click OK.
4. Increase boot partition size: right click C: drive and select "Resize/Move partition", drag the partition handle rightwards.
5. Apply all changes.
From above, it makes it very easy to increase the boot partition size with EaseUS Partition Master Server Edition. Besides, it is compatible with Windows Server 2000/2003/2008 and non-server 2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8 32 and 64 bit systems on one machine.