Extend C Drive or Increase Partition Size on Windows Server 2008

Tracy King updated on Sep 10, 2020 to Partition Master | How-to Articles

How to extend volume of c drive on Windows 

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?"

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

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Extend volume of c drive on Windows with Disk Management

As you search method on the website or related forum, you may find a built-in Disk Management to extend c drive. All Windows edition, including Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7/8/10, has such a free tool.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. 

Disk Management of Windows Server:

Windows Server 2008 Disk Management

Disk Management of Windows 7/8/10:

extend windows 7

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.

Extend c drive volume on Windows with extending 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.

You don’t need to move unallocated space’s location with EaseUS Partition Master, which allows you to skip step of moving unallocated space.

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 2019 is supported

Steps to extend C drive size on Windows Server 2008

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

Step 1. Locate the Target Partition

To start extending partition, you should first launch EaseUS Partition Master and locate the target partition which you would like to extend.

Step 2. Extend the Target Partition

1. Right-click on the target partition which you would like to extend and select "Resize/Move".

Select target partition to extend

2. Drag the partition panel rightward or leftward to add unallocated space into your current partition and click "OK" to confirm.

choose another drive to allocate space

3. If there is no or not enough unallocated space on your disk, use the advanced partition resizing function to directly allocate free space from other partitions to the target drive without deleting or formatting.

Find the "Allocate XX space from" option, then click "Select partition". Choose the partition from which you want to allocate space. Drag the partition panel rightward or leftward to resize the partition you want to extend. Then click "OK" to confirm.

choose another drive to allocate space

Step 3. Execute Operations to Extend Partition

Click the "Execute Operation" button and click "Apply" to keep all the changes. 

finish extending partition

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 2019 is supported

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Will the "Migrate OS" feature transfer the Windows system files only or the whole C drive?

To ensure that the migrated system will boot normally, the Migrate OS feature will transfer all the files in the system and the boot partitions. Generally, the boot partition is the C drive so the transfer will include all the files in C.

Does EaseUS Partition Master license apply to multiple computers?

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What is the difference between EaseUS Partition Master Trial version and the Free version?

Free is for home users only, with most basic functions available such as partition resize and clone. While trial can help you understand how this product works and test what a full license can do on a business or server OS machine.

Will it cause any data loss after resizing the partition in EaseUS Partition Master?

Generally, it will not cause any data loss or boot issue by resizing a partition. However, in order to protect your data, we suggest that you backup the partition before resizing, in case of any unexpected situations such as power outages, computer hardware failures, etc. You can use EaseUS Todo Backup to backup the partition and its trial version is fully functioned for 30 days.

What should I prepare before resizing the partition?

On the partition that is going to be operated, there might be some files being occupied by other programs. To ensure a successful operation, we suggest that you close all the unnecessary software before resizing that partition. Otherwise, EaseUS Partition Master will detect the partition being locked by the other software and require a reboot to resize the partition under boot mode.

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