What to do when extend volume greyed out in Windows server 2016


Sometimes you will find that the extend volume option greyed out on Windows server 2016 when you try to extend partitions of your hard drive. This article will show you why this problem happen and how to extend the partitions on the hard drive.

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Why extend volume greyed out on your Windows server 2016

Those of you which use Microsoft Windows may be familiar with an error message about low disk space on Drive C: here is what happens; You don't get any more updates from Windows, no Anti-virus or Anti-malware updates either. And you don't get to store any new data because there isn't any free space in the first place.

Lucky for Windows users, Windows has provided with a built-in tool called Disk Management, which controls all the basic as well as advanced actions regarding disks or local drives. It can execute a series of commands like to shrink a volume, create, extend, merge, delete or even format the volumes.

So, in particular, we deal with an issue regarding Local Disk C: on the disk management tool. When our space in C drive is filled up, we tend to extend the volume, but can't seem to do so. Because when we right click on drive in disk management in order to extend its volume, the extend volume option is greyed out. Mean's you can't access or execute the respective action. In simple words you can't extend greyed volume.

This problem arises the same for different operating systems of windows including a variety of servers like 2003, 2008, 2010, 2013 and 2016.

Extend Partition with Partition Resizer when Extend Volume Greyed Out

Windows Disk Management seems to do no good in this regard because there is no unallocated or free space next to C drive, you could delete the next drive completely and then extend the C: drive, but it will cost you a lot of hard work and time. In order to save you both there comes this unique and cool program named IM-Magic Partition Resizer SERVER edition. It is a very popular and reliable tool. It carries a variety of functions like resize/remove a partition, split, merge partitions, allocate or create free space and many more. You can use this fantastic program to extend drive when extend volume greyed out server 2016 , and it will never disappoint you.

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Specific Instructions to Extend Partitions

Step-1, download IM-Magic Partition Resizer server at https://www.resize-c.com/

Launch the software and open disk map, there you can see all the disk elements installed on your system, choose the disk whose partition you wish to extend, or which was greyed out in disk management. Create the unallocated space form other hard drives by using shrink volume or resize a partition.

Step-2, Right click on the drive you choose to extend and click resize/move.

Step-3, Now, you will see the unallocated or free space right next to the respective drive. Move the mouse towards the right when double arrow shows.

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Step-4, This way you are merging the low space drive with the unallocated space. And Apply changes. Your drive has been successfully extended using IM-Magic Partition Resizer.

If you don't have unallocated space, you can shrink another adjacent to the volume first, then extend the volume.

[Guide] Steps to extend volume without data loss

This step by step guide will show you the right way to extend any volume using  IM-Magic Partition Resizer Unlimited edition.

Step-1  Download install, and launch the program.

Step-2 Right click the large volume to produce unallocated free space.

Steps to resize your disk partition
Steps to resize your disk partition

Step-3  Then right click c and drag the border to acquire the free space.

Steps to resize your disk partition
Steps to resize your disk partition

Step-4 Apply the changes.

The above-narrated steps are simple enough to pull out any specific action regarding disk management. Your drive's volume has been extended without losing any precious data and risk of formatting the drive itself.

There are many editions and versions for different people and different line of work, choose your edition according to your need.

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