By AOMEI / Last Updated December 23, 2014

We may found that the computer performs badly after using a period of time. There are some reasons, the first come into our mind is low free space in system partition. For Windows Server 2012, snap-in resizing partition features in built-in Disk Management comparing to Server 2008, 2003. It is very useful when system partition is suffering “low disk space warming” by allocating more unallocated space and improving performance of machine. However, there is still existing limitation.

When we want to extend system partition, “Extend Volume” only can be used with contiguous free space at the right side of the system partition. If there is no free space, we can shrink one existing partition to get, but “Shrink Volume” can only free up space behind the partition we shrink, while move partition is not allowed by Disk Management. To free extend system partition Windows 2012, delete one existing partition behind system partition to get free space is the only way we can do in Disk Management. It is at the risk of losing data.

Under such circumstance, find a third-party partition toolkit is very important to find an easier and safer way to extend partition.

As built-in Windows Server 2012 Disk Management alternative, AOMEI Partition Assistant Lite is free for Windows Server 2003, 2008, 2012, Windows Small Business Server 2003, 2008, 2011 and Windows Home Server 2011, which meets the need of managing hard disk partitions and provides data security.

First, we need to free download partition software.

Step 1: Launch Partition Assistant Lite. Right click on E and select “Resize Partition”.


In the pop-up window, move the slider bar towards left to get free space.


Step 2: Because the free space is behind E, so we need to move it.


Tips: if the unallocated space is small than E, E drive cannot be moved.

Step 3: Right click C drive and resize it by free space.


Step 4: Do not forget apply.


Notice: If you are not Server user, please download AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard to free use.