As we all know, Windows operating system has a built-in Disk Management utility that helps to do basic disk partition management. However, among all the features it provides, some are advanced, while some are really impractical.
Since Windows server 2008, disk management can manage partitions with shrinking and expanding to help resize server volumes. But remember this is really not good enough, because there are many limitations for users to employ these two features, such as the requirements on the location of the unallocated space. Meanwhile, some advanced features, like convert dynamic disk to basic, convert MBR disk to GPT disk, can never get achieved without deleting volumes on the hard drive. In this case, you must try your best to search a wonderful Server partition resizer to improve this situation.
Data safety is always the key point for Windows users, especially for Server users. If only there is a way that can be used to easily and safely solve the issue of resizing Server partition. After years of development on partition management industry, now it is very easy to find a Server Partition Magic to take place of Windows disk management. MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition is such software that help to solve all kinds of partition issues.
Besides, this programs works well on Server 2003/2008/2012 (both 32-bit and 64-bit). Maybe you will ask, what is my Server fails to boot, how can I manage the server partitions then? Don’t worry, MiniTool has put forward a partition magic boot CD to get things done. With the bootable CD you can safely clone all the data to another hard d rive to avoid data loss.
Here we would like to show a true example on how to freely resize Windows Server partitions. In my case, it’s partition C: to be extended.
Step 1: Download the Server partition resizer and launch it. We can see there is no unallocated space, but don’t worry, this Server partition resizer offers another way. We can borrow some free space from other partitions to expand partition C. Please select “Extend” as the picture shows:
Step 2: After step 1, you will see a new window appearing. Now select a partition that has spare space and drag the slider bar to decide how much free space you want to take. Then click “OK” to go on.
Step 3: Please click “Apply” in the toolbar to execute the operations.
On the other hand, if you want to shrink a partition, you can employ “Move/Resize Partition“.
After seeing all steps listed above, you must have had a better understanding of this Server partition resizer. Now you can download the demo edition of this partition magic for Windows Server to have a try before you finally purchase one.