As we all know, to go with the tide of technological development, Windows Server 2008 has been given many stronger features than Windows 2000 and 2003. One of the most prominent progresses is the partition resizing function has been added to the snap-in Disk Management of Server 2008, which brings much convenience for the administrators. For instance, when the computer could not run normally or even breaks down because of the system volume's "low disk space" problem, we can extend system drive for Server 2008 with its Disk Management to optimize and improve the performance of the machine.
However, Windows 2008 also doesn't surmount some defects; otherwise, the subsequent versions (like the Windows Server 2012 to be published) would not come out. In Server 2008, the Disk Management can only expand the volume which has an unallocated space right behind it. It could not move other free space to the proper location we want, while the released unallocated space through shrinking is always after the volume shrunk closely. So if the unallocated space is not right contiguous to the volume we are going to extend, it will be a big headache for we users.
Therefore, on this occasion if we want to extend Windows 2008 system volume, we will have no ideas except for deleting all drives between them or reinstalling the system. Then is there a better way to free extend system partition in Server 2008 without losing data? Sure, there is.
Free extend system partition in Server 2008 safely with AOMEI Partition Assistant Lite Edition
AOMEI Partition Assistant Lite Edition is a FREE partition manager server, which offsets the Disk Management's limitation perfectly. With its powerful and comprehensive features, you not only can extend system partition in Server 2008 free of charge, but also can do many other operations to manage your hard disk drive very well. In addition, during the process of optimizing server performance, your data is totally safe, you need not to delete any volumes or reinstall the system. Of course, apart from Windows 2008, this freeware can also work in Windows 2000, 2003, 2008 R2 SP1, Windows Small Business Server 2003, 2008, 2011 and Windows Home Server 2011.
Way to extend system partition in Server 2008 by AOMEI Partition Assistant Lite Edition
First of all, you can free download partition magic freeware and install it on your computer. Then open its main console and extend system drive step by step according to the promptings.
- Right click on D drive and select "Resize Partition", drag the slider bar leftward to shrink drive D in the pop-up windows, or just set the size on your desire in the box below, click "Ok' and you will see an unallocated space has been released by D volume. (NOTE: After shrinking, the unallocated space must be equal or larger than the new D volume, if not, the next step can not continue. So the size of how much to free up should be paid a high attention.)
- Right click on D drive and select "Move Partition", drag the slider bar to the end in the pop-up window, then click "Ok".
- Select the system volume and do the extending similar to the step one. When all changes are finished, click "Apply" on the toolbar to admit your operations. Of course, you can preview and check them before.
The following is a screenshot of step 2, you can take a look at it:
Now download AOMEI Partition Assistant Lite Edition to extend system drive for your Windows Server 2008. You will have a great fun in experiencing its functions.