Windows Server 2012 Change Partition Size Safely

August 30, 2017

If you want to change partition size on Windows Server 2012 (R2) and do not know how to do it, this article gives you a big help. Learn how to resize partition on Windows Server 2012 (R2) easily and safely.

“Low disk space warning” in Windows Server 2012 (R2)

Sometimes, you may find that your computer may warn you that your C: drive space is not enough. The low disk space warning may pop out at the right down corner. To many computer users especially Server administrators, it is a headache when the disk partitions become full. For example, the low disk space problem of C: drive may cause many other problems to your Windows Server 2012(R2), such as Windows Server 2012 running slower and slower; some applications even without responding. For the low disk space warning, what you can do the best is to extend the partition size instead of clean up disk only.

Actually, there are many situations you need to change partition size in Windows Server 2012 (R2). The hard drive on Windows Server 2012 (R2) may not in the best status at the first. Thus, you need to change partition size on Windows Server 2012 (R2). Or you may get a perfect partition of your hard drive in the first, while with the use of disk space, the size of partitions may become unreasonable. For this situation, you must repartition the hard drive or resize partition on Windows Server 2012 (R2).    

Windows 2012 (R2) change partition size with Disk Management

For the situations mentioned above, it seems that change partition size in Windows Server 2012 (R2) is an important thing.

Fortunately, the Disk Management of Windows Server 2012 (R2) has the feature Extend Volume and Shrink Volume for Windows Server 2012 change partition size. With this two functions, you can shrink and extend a partition in few steps. However, you cannot extend a partition by shrinking another one, for example, if you get some free space by shrinking D: drive with “Shrink Volume”, and want to add the free space to C: drive with Extend Volume, that’s impossible. Because the Extend Volume requires an unallocated space contiguous and behind the partition you want to extend. While Shrink Volume only releases a free unallocated space behind D: drive. Thus, if you need to resize partition on Windows Server 2012 (R2) more flexible, a third party software may help a lot.  

The third party software for Windows Server 2012 change partition size

There are many third party software for Windows Server 2012 resize partition. The AOMEI Partition Assistant Server should be the best one. It can resize partition on Windows Server 2012 (R2) more flexible. What’s more, AOMEI Partition Assistant Server also supports Windows Server 2003, 2008 (R2), 2016, Windows SBS and all Windows PC OSes.

Here takes how to extend C: drive in Windows Server 2012 R2 with AOMEI Partition Assistant Server as an example.

1. Install and launch AOMEI Partition Server. You will see the main interface containing with the basic situation of your hard drive(s). To extend C: drive in Windows Server 2012 R2, here you should shrink E: drive first. Right click E: drive, select Resize Partition.

Resize Partition

2. You can drag any side of this partition towards to the middle. Here we shrink D: drive to release an unallocated space near to C: drive.

Shrink E

3. Then you will back to the main interface and you can see there is an unallocated space behind C: drive. Here, right click C: drive, select Resize Partition.

Resize C

4. Here you can drag the slide bar to the right edge to extend C: drive. Click OK.

Extend C

5. Finally, you can see the C: drive has been extended in the main interface. Confirm the Pending Operations, click Apply.

Apply

Thus, you have finished extending C: drive in Windows Server 2012 R2.

Conclusion

AOMEI Partition Assistant Server provides you resize partition in Windows Server 2012 (R2) easily, and it has many other features like create, format, delete, wipe, move, check partitions, wipe hard drive, etc. This edition contains more functions to satisfied you more requirements of Windows Server 2012 change partition size, like Allocate Free Space, which allows you to extend one partition with another partition directly; Merge Partitions, which allows you to merge two contiguous partitions without losing data, or merge partition with unallocated space wherever it is. It is a wonderful hard drive manager for Windows Server users. Besides change partition size on Windows Server 2012 (R2), it can do more for Windows Server, such as Extend Partition Wizard, Migrate OS to SSD or HDD, Convert disk between MBR and GPT partition styles, Make WinPE bootable CD/USB, etc.

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