Better Choice to Change Size of Disk Partition in Windows Server 2008

Question: To change size of disk partition in Windows Server 2008, there are two main ways: Disk Management and third party software. In Windows Server 2008, "Extend Volume" and "Shrink Volume" are two upgrades of disk manager. It enables users to resize disk partition Windows Server 2008 more conveniently but there some limitations. In addition, third party software is another choice. I recommend Partition Manager Server - Partition Assistant Server Edition which provides flexible operations and excellent performance for disk management. Which one is the better way to partition size changing in Windows Server 2008? Please read respective tutorial below:

Change size of disk partition Windows 2008 by using Disk Management

Note: Adjacent unallocated space is needed when extending partition. If there are system files at the right end of the partition it is not possible to shrink it.

The partitions on the hard disk can be shrunk or extended using the Disk Management snap-in. It can be accessed either from the Server Manager or Computer Management tools. To change size of disk partition Windows 2008, click Start -> All Programs -> Administration Tools -> Computer Management

  1. Shrink partition
  2. Within Disk Management right click on the volume to that needs to be resized and select "Shrink Volume". From the pop up menu to invoke the shrink dialog as shown below:


    Specify the amount by which you want to shrink and click on the Shrink button to initiate the operation.

    Shrink volume

  3. Extend partition
  4. As for extending partitions, the Disk Management has the ability to extend a partition to make use of additional unallocated free space on the disk.

    To extend a volume, right click on the volume in the graphical screen and select "Extend Volume".


    Define the amount of space for the volume extension in the "Select the amount of space in MB" box. In the Extend Volume Wizard. Click "Next" on the widow to proceed.

    Extend Volume

Change size of disk partition Windows 2008 with Partition Assistant Server Edition

Partition Assistant Server Edition is an all-in-one partition manager software which consists of basic and advanced features allowing you to resize partition Windows Server 2008, move, merge, split, copy partition and so on. Designed with visualized interface, it can display the partition state of every operation. With great amount of test and users' experience it is proved to protect data security and provide outstanding performance. Free download server partition manager to have a try.

Symptom: In Windows Server 2008, partition C and partition E consume all the space of your hard disk. The capacity of partition C is 10G and partition E is 106G. You intend to extend c drive with unused space in partition E.

Download Partition Assistant Server Edition demo version and the following is the guide to change size of disk partition in Windows Server 2008:

  1. Launch it and click partition E. Drag the left side of the partition E rightward to shrink partition E.
    Shrink partition E

  2. Choose partition C in the main interface and put mouse pointer on the right endpoint of partition C in the second row. Slide the endpoint rightward to extend partition C.
    Extend partition C

  3. The changes will be added into pending operations colum. Click "Apply" to proceed the operations.

Besides, you can extend a partition with merging unallocated space or unused space in another partition. You can also split partition into two or more partitions, merge two partition into one, copy partition or disk, and migrate OS to another disk.

Tips: If there is a note in the process to ask you to restart check if there is application running in the partition you are dealing with. Close the application and redo the "Apply".

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