How to Help Server 2008 Extend Boot Volume Easily?

The definition and difference of system volume and boot volume

The system volume refers to the disk volume filled with the hardware-specific files which are necessary to start Windows, such as Ntldr, Boot.ini, and Ntdetect.com. However, the boot volume refers to the disk volume that contains the Windows operating system files and the supporting files. Default settings, the Windows operating system files are stored in the WINDOWS folder, and the supporting files are in the WINDOWS\System32 folder.

The boot volume can be the same volume as the system volume, while this configuration is not needed. There is only one system volume. However, there is one boot volume for each operating system in a multi-boot system.

Manage Server 2008 extend boot volume with Disk Management

As is known to all, there are new built-in partition functions in Windows 2008 Disk Management, which allows you shrink and extend partition. The shrink function can help you get some unallocated space which is behind the shrunk partition. At the same time, the extend function can only extend the partition which has unallocated space behind it. Therefore, if you want to make Server 2008 extend boot volume with Disk Management, there must be unallocated space behind boot volume. Thus you have to backup data and delete the shrunk partition to make the unallocated space behind boot volume. The limitation is difficult and time-consuming. Is there any easy and time-saving partition software? As partition magic 2008 alternative, Partition Assistant Server Edition can ensure you manage Server 2008 extend boot volume easily and safely.

Server 2008 extend boot volume with Partition Assistant Server Edition

Below is the introduction to extend boot volume which is also system partition Server 2008 step by step:

  1. Launch server partition manager and select the partition D which is next to boot volume C drive.

    Select Partition D

  2. Position the mouse pointer on the left borderline of the partition D, and drag the borderline of the partition D rightwards when the mouse pointer turns into a double-headed arrow.

    Drag Partition D Rightwards to Create Unallocated Space

  3. Select the boot partition (C: drive), position the mouse pointer on the right borderline. When the mouse pointer becomes a double-headed arrow, drag the borderline of the boot partition (C: drive) rightwards.

    Drag Boot Volume to Extend

  4. Click "Apply" on the toolbar. We can find that the boot volume (also system partition) has been extended

In summary, it is very easy and safe to Server 2008 extend boot volume with the magic Server partition software - Partition Assistant Server Edition, which also can help you resize/move partition, split patition, merge partitions on Windows Server 2008.

For enterprise users, Partition Assistant Unlimited Edition is a better choice to support the unlimited usage within one company. You can use Technician Edition to provide charged technical services to your clients.


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