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Increase Partition Size or Extend C Drive on Windows Server 2008

Updated on Dec 04, 2018 by Tracy King to Partition Master

Summary:
When the C drive is out of space on Windows Server 2008, your computer and whole network may become extremely slow and even stuck. An easy solution to resolve this problem is to extend C drive on Windows Server 2008. This page shows you how to increase partition size with Disk Management and EaseUS Partition Master Server Edition.

How to increase partition size on Windows Server 2008

Questions:
1."I am running Windows Server 2008. Currently, the basic drive is split into two partitions with NTFS format. Now, I want to increase system partition (C: drive) size. That means I have to decrease the size of the secondary partition to gain some free space. Is there any easy way that can help to increase partition size or extend C drive in Windows Server 2008?"
2. "The C drive is out of space on Windows Server 2008 basic disk, how to expand C drive?"

Answers:
1. Increase partition size on Windows Server 2008 with Disk Management.
2. Increase partition size on Windows Server 2008 with server partition software.

Increase partition size on Windows Server 2008 with Disk Management

Similar to Windows Vista and Windows 7, Windows Server 2008's Server Manager built-in Disk Management also has the ability to resize partitions, which means you can shrink a partition and extend another partition by adding the free space. So whenever you want to increase partition size or extend C drive in Windows Server 2008, just try this free utility as your first choice. 

Windows Server 2008 Disk Management

1. To extend C drive, just open Disk Management, right click on C drive and select "Extend Volume" option.

2. The Extend Volume window will pop up and then specify the amount of space you want to extend. The steps can be also used to increase any other partitions.   

Please note that "Extend Volume" option will be available only if there is unallocated space behind the partition which you want to extend.

If there is no unallocated space next to the partition you want to extend, how to increase the partition size? Here, a third party server partition software is required.

Increase system partition size on Windows Server 2008 with server partition software

If you cannot increase partition size or extend C drive on Windows Server 2008, you can try to do this job using EaseUS Partition Master Server Edition, a popular and easy-to-use server partition software.

It can perform basic and advanced partition operations on your Server without data loss, including: resize and move partitions, copy partition, copy disk, copy dynamic volume, convert partition, split partition, merge partitions, etc. Moreover, EaseUS Partition Master can extend NTFS partition without reboot. All hardware RAID supported.

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 Server 2016 is supported

Steps to extend C drive size on Windows Server 2008

Notice:
It is important to back up the server before resizing server partition with professional server backup software because nothing is 100% secure.

Step 1: Launch EaseUS Partition Master

Run EaseUS Partition Master

Step 2: Add space to the System C drive

1. Shrink partition and leave unallocated space for extending C: drive:

  1. Right-click on a partition next to the C: drive and select "Resize/Move".
  2. Drag either end of the partition to shrink and leave unallocated space behind the system C: drive and click "OK".

2. Right-click on the System C: drive and select "Resize/Move".

Extend System partition

To add space to the C: drive, drag the system partition end into unallocated space.

Add space to C drive

Step 3: Confirm to extend system C drive

Click the "Execute Operation" button, check all the operations waiting for pending, and click "Apply" to keep all changes so to extend C drive.

Confirm to extend system C drive

After EaseUS Partition Master executes the operations, you will have the bigger system C drive on Windows Server 2008.

Besides increasing system drive, EaseUS Partition Master provides Partition Recovery Wizard and Disk and Partition Copy Wizard features. It is a complete solution to solve your disk and partition problem.

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 Server 2016 is supported