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".
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.
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 no so such limitations.
Resize Windows 2008 R2 partition with partition software
Step 1: Download NIUBI Partition Editor, right click the adjacent volume D and select Resize/Move Volume.
Drag left border rightwards to shrink D.
Click OK, it will back to the main window, 20GB Unallocated space generated behind C: drive.
Step 2: Right click C drive and select Resize/Move Volume again. In the pop-up window, drag the right border rightwards to hold the Unallocated space.
Click OK, as you see, C drive is extended by holding the free space from D. Press Apply on top left to execute. (All operations before clicking Apply only work in virtual mode.)
Is it easy to resize Server 2008 partition?
Before starting this program, closed all running applications and files/folder in the volumes you want to resize, so the partition resizing could proceed in Windows without rebooting server.
In conclusion, it is very easy to resize partition on Windows Server 2008 R2, you just need to select and drag on the disk map, then the free space will be transferred into C drive.
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 NIUBI Partition Editor. It is integrated Roll-Back technology to ensure data safety, it is able to automatically roll back the server to the status before resizing in ONE second, if any software error or hardware issue occur during partition resizing, so no longer to worry about data safety.
Furthermore, it is much faster to resize server volume because of its unique file-moving algorithm.
If you still do not understand how to resize volume on Windows Server 2008, watch the video.
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