Many people have trouble in extending C drive on Windows Server 2008 R2, because Windows built-in Disk Management and Diskpart have limitation when they want to extend disk volume. As a matter of fact, it is very easy to extend C drive on Windows Server 2008 if you can use third-party partition magic software.
Partition Software to Extend C Drive in Windows 2008 R2
Partition software is available for extending C drive when you run into the following problem:
- C drive runs on low disk space on Windows 2008 R2 RAID 5
- Low disk space on C drive on Windows Server 2008 VMware
- Disk Management cannot extend C drive
With the partition software, you can fix all the problems above and extend C drive easily. The partition software enables you to extend C drive without reinstalling system, so it does no harm to operating system to resize the hard disk. As long as there is enough free space on the same hard disk, you can add lots of free space to C drive so that you can fix the low disk space problem thoroughly.
Steps to Extend C Drive on Windows 2008 R2
Step1. Download, install and launch partition software. Right click a partition that has enough free space and go to "Resize/Move" option.
Step2. Move the arrows to shrink the selected partition. And then, you can see some unallocated space.
Step3. You should move the unallocated space close to C drive. Then, right click C drive and go to "Resize/Move" option.
Step4. Move the arrows to extend C drive and then click "Apply" button.
Partition Software to Extend C Drive Windows 2008 R2 RAID 5
Partition software supports to extend C drive on RAID 5 in Windows Server 2008 R2. The software doesn’t have any limitation, which enables you to extend C drive system partition on Widows Server. Before extending C drive on RAID 5, you should ensure that there is enough free space on RAID 5. If there is no free space, you can add another disk to extend the RAID 5. By using this partition software, you can extend C drive on Windows Server 2008 RAID 5 without touching data stored on the RAID. This partition software can also extend C drive in Windows Server 2008 R2 VMware.
Extend C Drive without Formatting
Some users will think to format the partition when it is running out of disk space, because formatting is the most efficient way to erase everything on the partition. However, you may find it difficult to format C drive because it is system partition. Partition software can help you extend C drive without formatting. In another word, you can resize C drive without losing any data stored on the drive. This partition software can extend a NTFS partition and FAT32 partition without rebooting your computer, so it is time-saving. In addition, it only takes a short time to resize the disk on your Windows Server 2008 R2 without any influence on the operating system or disk.
Diskpart Extend C Drive Windows 2008 R2
Diskpart on Windows Server 2008 R2 can extend a disk partition, but it can only extend a NTFS data volume. In addition, unallocated space is needed in order to extend C drive. Therefore, if you want to extend C drive on which operating system is installed, Diskpart will fail to extend the drive. Moreover, if you want to extend an FAT32 partition, you need to convert it to NTFS first of all before you can run Diskpart to extend. If you can use professional partition software, you don’t need to face all the problems mentioned above. Instead, you can easily get C drive expanded on Windows Server 2008 R2.
Disk Management to Extend Windows 2008 R2 C Drive
Disk Management on Windows 2008 R2 provides better way to manage disk space. You can open Disk Management to shrink disk volume to generate some unallocated space. And you can extend C drive by adding the unallocated space to C drive. However, Disk Management cannot move partition. As you know, you need to move the unallocated space close to C drive before you can get it extended. Therefore, you still need to rely on partition software to move the unallocated space. Otherwise, you can only delete the partitions between the unallocated space and C drive.