Expand system volume Windows server 2012 r2 without data loss

Summary

This article is about how to expand system volume in Windows server without data loss, help you to better manage the disk space and make the system run faster.

Andrew Wright

18/10/2019

by Andrew Wright

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System drive in low disk space

Low disk space of system volume is a major problem for every windows server 2012 r2 user. Most of the time expanding system volume Windows server 2012 r2 without data loss is a pain in the ass. Server’s performance directly depends on the system volume and low space can cause unexpected errors or system crash. You can increase C drive’s space directly by extending its volume. It will reduce the hustle of reinstalling the operating system again. You can also extend the system volume by adding space from other drives or use 3rd party trusted tool to do it at ease. I will help you Expand system volume Windows server 2012 r2 without data loss, then you can easily shrink volume and extend c drive or resize you other disk space.

How to Expand system volume Windows server 2012 r2 without data loss

There are 3 possible ways to expand system volume at windows’ server 2012 r2 without any data loss. They are,

Diskpart command line

Windows’ built-in disk management tool

IM-Magic-Partition resizer

Problems of windows’ built-in partition resizer tools

The Diskpart command line & Windows’ built-in disk management tool are 2 built-in tools of windows and they have their own issues. Diskpart is a part of windows since 2003 and it's command prompt interface is not easy for everyone to use. It can perform basic and advanced partition management operations such as shrink and extend volume but still, its difficulty levels are high for most of the average computer users. From 2008, windows introduced GUI function to shrink and extend volume known as disk management tool. Resizing volumes or re-partitioning become easier but their limitations are still there. That's why using IM-Magic-Partition resizer is easy and much convenient. Limitations of using built-in windows partition management tools are,

Risk of losing data.

Freeing up disk space may take a long time & server downtime.

The adjacent unallocated space needs to be at the right side of the selected partition. Only then you will be able to extend the volume.

It only works for the NTFS file format and doesn't work for FAT32 or other file systems.

Free up disk space can be a hazardous task because files can be different types.

If you use Windows’ built-in tool to free up your disk, it will only be a temporary solution for the problem

Some time the extend option will be greyed out and won't work even if you have adjacent unallocated space at the right side of the drive.

Chance of system errors & data loss

Server 2012 extend system volume without reinstalling os or reformatting disk using IM-Magic-Partition

IM-Magic-Partition is a freeware means you can use this tool for free. It's a reliable and safe partition software with no risk of losing data when resizing disk partitions. It's the first thing you should consider choosing a 3rd party partition tool. IM-Magic-Partition prevents the system from data loss and boot failure.

IM-Magic-Partition resizer is completely safe and you will be able to add space at your Windows Server 2016 c drive easily and without any hustle. It's a freeware means you can use it simply downloading it. After downloading, simply follow the below steps,

Run the IM-Magic-Partition resizer & find the list of disk partitions

Find the partition which you want to resize, right-click and choose “resize/move partition,” option.

Use your mouse to extend or shrink the partition. If you don’t have unallocated space, you need to shrink one volume first.

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Then extend the c drive

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Apply the changes

There are other useful features of the IM-Magic-Partition resizer including resizing partition, wiping partition, copying partition, converting disk type. It works on all windows servers such as 2000/2003/2008/2012/2016/2019 including 32 & 64bits SBS etc. No downtime While you Resize partition windows server 2019. It's worth a try.

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