Extend NTFS System Partition, don't have to reboot

You can extend NTFS partition with the help of Diskpart command or Disk Management in some circumstances with limitations, but AOMEI Partition Assistant will break the limitations.

December 23, 2014

Extend NTFS System Partition without Rebooting PC

NTFS is regarded as the newest file system, which is gradually replacing FAT/FAT32. It is the default setting in the later Windows OS, such as Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 2003, Windows Vista, Windows 2008 and Windows 7. You can extend NTFS partition with the help of Diskpart command or Disk Management in some circumstances. However, being different from FAT/FAT32, you may encounter many limitations. Thus, many PC users decide to choose Partition Magic Software to help them extend NTFS system partition while C drive is running out of space.

Partition Magic Software- a reliable partition software to extend NTFS system partition

Searching via Google, you can find many Partition Magic 8.0 alternatives. Partition Assistant Server Edition is one of them, which could extend NTFS system partition without restarting your computer. In order to explain how to extend NTFS system partition without rebooting PC, just take Windows Server 2003 as an example.

Scenario: There are two partitions: C drive (system, boot, page files and NTFS file system) and D drive (data partition and NTFS file system). The goal is to add some unallocated space from D drive to extend C drive.

Step1: Launch Partition Assistant Server Edition. Select D partition and drag the left slider bar rightwards. Some unallocated space would appear right behind C partition. As shown below.

Shrink D Partition


Step2: Select system partition: C drive. Drag the right slider bar rightwards to merge the unallocated space.

Extend C Drive


Step3:Click “Apply” on the tool bar.



Step4: Make confirmation of all pending operations. Then, click “Proceed”.

Proceed after Confirming


Step5: All of operations have been completed successfully without restarting your computer.



Notes: Requirement of rebooting your computer happens on the next conditions

Shrink and/or move system partition, decrease its partition size and/or change its initial position.

Resizing partition while there is one or more live applications.

Extend FAT/FAT32 system partition.

You’ll be reminded on step 4 once rebooting PC is needed. As shown below. However, you can click “cancel”, check and close all applications in the partition without rebooting. Please contact [email protected] if you need any technical support. .

As for more information about how to extend NTFS system partition without rebooting PC with Partition Assistant Professional Edition, please refer to here