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How to increase partition size or system partition (C: drive) size on Windows Server 2008?

Questions to increase partition size on Windows Server 2008

Questions:
1. I am running Windows Server 2008. Currently the basic drive is split into two partitions. I want to decrease the size of the secondary partition and increase system partition (C: drive) size. Both are set up as NTFS. Is there a way to do this?
2. The C drive is out of space on Windows Server 2008 basic disk, how to increase C drive size?

Answers:
1. Increase partition size on Windows Server 2008 with Disk Management.
2. Increase partition size on Windows Server 2008 with server partition software.

Increase partition size on Windows Server 2008 with Disk Management

Similar to Windows Vista and Windows 7, Windows Server 2008's Server Manager built-in Disk Management also has the ability to resize partitions, which means you can shrink partition and extend partition. The Disk Management in built utility is able to shrink and extend partitions and it does not require any third party server partition software.

Windows Server 2008 Disk Management

To shrink any volume, right click on the desired volume and select "Shrink Volume" option. The Shrink Volume window will pop up and then specify the amount of space you want to shrink.

To extend any volume, right click on the desired volume and select "Extend Volume" option. The Extend Volume window will pop up and then specify the amount of space you want to extend.

Please note that "Extend Volume" option will be available only if there is unallocated space behind the partition which you want to extend. If there is no unallocated space which is not clinging to the partition you want to extend, how to increase the partition size? A third party server partition software is required, such as EaseUS Partition Master.

Increase partition size on Windows Server 2008 with server partition software

To increase partition size on Windows Server 2008, as an easy-to-use server partition software, EaseUS Partition Master Server Edition is highly recommended. It can perform basic and advanced partition operations on your Server without data loss, including: resize and move partitions, copy partition, copy disk, copy dynamic volume, convert partition, split partition, merge partitions, etc. Moreover, EaseUS Partition Master can extend NTFS partition without reboot. All hardware RAID supported.

Steps to increase system C drive size on Windows Server 2008.

Tips: It is important to back up the server before resizing server partition, because nothing is 100% secure.

1. Launch the application just as you do with other program.

Server partition manager software

If there is no unallocated space behind the system C drive, please follow the step 2 below. If there is unallocated space behind the system C drive, please directly go to step 4.

2. Select the partition behind the system partition and right click it. Select "Resize/Move partition" option to drag the partition handle leftwards to shrink its size. Then there will be unallocated space behind it.

Resize the data partition

3. Move the partition which you just shrink rightwards, then the unallocated space will be behind the system C drive, click OK.

Move the data partition

4. Select the system C drive, right click to select "Resize/Move partition", drag the partition handle rightwards to extend it.

Increase partition size on Windows Server 2008

5. Click Apply.

After EaseUS Partition Master executes the operations, you will have the bigger system C drive on Windows Server 2008.

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 disk and partition problem.

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