Looking for partition manager Server 2008 to manage your Server disk partitions? In this article, I'll introduce the full featured Server 2008 partition managers and how to resize partition without losing data.
Windows 2008 Server released with new Shrink and Extend feature under Disk Management, so many people try to repartition with these features. Actually, you cannot extend system C: drive by shrinking drive D.
Comparing with Windows 2003 Disk Management
- No improvement except adds new Extend and Shrink feature.
- You cannot extend drive C: by shrinking drive D, except that you delete partition D.
- The calculation of how much space can be shrank generally is inaccurate.
Windows 2008 disk management can only do some basic operations, such as create, delete, format partition, change drive letter, etc. If you need advanced partition management, such as resize, extend, merge partitions, you need third party partition manager for Server 2008.
What does Server 2008 partition manager do
Generally speaking, you need a partition manager to optimize disk space usage of your Windows 2008 server.
The typical example is that the system C drive is running low and 'Low Disk Space' warning pops up, so you need to resize or extend system partition without losing data.
Server 2008 partition manager, such as Partition Magic Server and Partition Assistant Server provides copy (clone) feature, so you can easily copy the old small hard disk to backup, replace when disk failure or migrate without reinstalling Windows. (For a Windows Server, it is important to always keep it online.)
With the basic and advanced partition manager features such as create, format, delete, wipe, set Active, hide/unhide partition, convert Primary partition to Logical and vice versa, you can better maintain the Server maximize its performance.
Partition manager Server 2008 list
Partition Magic Server is an ALL-IN-ONE Server disk management tool for Windows Server 2000, 2003, 2008 and Small Business Server 2003, 2008, 2011 (32 and 64 bit).
It allows users to resize partition, extend partition, split/shrink, merge partitions without reinstalling, losing data or rebooting.
Aomei Partition Assistant is easy to use yet comprehensive partition manager software and disk management tool for Windows-based systems. It provides a set of integrated features to address your diverse needs with a high degree of data protection.
Acronis Disk Director 11 Advanced Server is a disk management product for performing advanced disk layout operations. It inherits all the functionality of the previous version and adds exciting new capabilities like Dynamic Disk and GPT disk support, spanning a volume across multiple disks and much more.
How to resize partition with partition manager Server 2008
The operations to resize partition are similar with the partition managers listed above, here is an example how to shrink D and extend C with 'Resize' feature of Aomei Partition Assistant.
Launch Partition Assistant Server, you'll see all disks and partitions that connected to your Server, free space, used space and other properties of each partition.
Right-click the data partition and select "Resize", in the pop-up window, drag the left border rightwards to shrink it. There will be some Unallocated space created behind the system partition.
Step 2, Right-click the system partition and select "Resize", in the pop-up window, drag the right border rightwards to hold the Unallocated space. Click 'Apply', done.
Server 2008 partition manager resources
- How to merge partitions in Server 2008?
- How to split Server 2008 partition without data loss?
- How to resize RAID 1 partition on Windows Server?
- How to extend partition on Server 2008?
- How to copy Windows 2008 hard disk?