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How to resize partition in Windows 2008 Server R2

To many server 2008 administrators, it is not an easy to resize partition in Windows Server 2008 R2, becasue few people have experience resizing a partition. Different with normal editions, there is special "R2", so they doubt if there are any differences resizing a volume on Window R2 platform.

After reading this article, you'll know the full answer.

Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2008 R2 is built on Windows NT 6.1, the same core operating system used with the client-oriented Windows 7. It is the first 64-bit-only operating system release from Microsoft. Version enhancements include new functionality for Active Directory, new virtualization and management features IIS 7.5, and support for up to 256 logical processors.

Actually, when resizing partition on Windows 2008 R2, you don't need to pay attention to the release history, new features, etc. What you should notice is 64 bit operating system, not all partition software are compatiable with 64 bit OS.

Resize Server 2008 R2 partition in disk management

Microsoft adds 'Shrink' and 'Extend' feature under Windows 2008 disk management, many tech guys try to resize a volume with these features.

Open disk management, right click 'My Computer' > 'Manage' > 'Storage' > 'Disk Management'.

To shrink Windows Server 2008 volume, right click on the volume that you want to resize and select the option "Shrink Volume".

Shrink partition 2008

To extend Windows Server 2008 volume, right click on the volume to be extended and select "Extend Volume" and then specify the amount of space.

Extend partition

After shrinking a volume, there will be some free unallocated space created behind it.

To extend a volume, there should be unallocated space behind it.

If you want to shrink drive D and extend C:, it is impossible except that you can 'move' the unallocated space to the end of C drive. With third party Windows 2008 partition software, there are so such limitations.

Resize Windows 2008 R2 partition with partition software

Comparing with other partition software such as Acronis Disk Director Server, Partition Magic Server resizing partitions one by one, in this article I'll introduce the easiest way to resize partitions.

Firstly, open disk management and check the disk partition layout. Here is drive C: D: and G: in Disk 0, I want to extend C: drive by taking space from G:.

Disk management

Step 1: Launch Partition Assistant Server edition, you'll see all disk partitions and the layout is similar with disk management.

Main window

Right click drive G: and select 'Allocate Free space'.

Select resize feature

Step 2: In the pop up window, input the value how many space to shrink from G: and add the space to C: drive.

Select partition to resize

Click OK and you'll back to main window, where you'll see that drive G decreased to 14.65GB and C drive increased to 34.12GB.

Partition resized

Step 3: Press 'Apply' button on top left to preceed resizing.

Apply resizing

Within several minutes, done. Check again in disk management, yes, partitions resized successfully.

Partition resized

Before running this program, I closed all files and applications, so the partition resizing proceed in Windows even without rebooting, amazing?

In conclusion, it is very easy to resize partition on Windows Server 2008 R2, you just need to select which partition to shrink and which partition add the free space to, you can resize any partitions without doing anything else.

Pay attention to data security when resizing a Windows Server partition

Data security is most important for Windows Server, so you'd better select a reliable partition software, otherwise, it is very likely to cause system crash or data loss. I was never disappointed with partition assistant server and it always make things easier, so when help my customers I like to recommend it.

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