How to extend volume Windows Server 2012 r2 without losing data

Summary

You want to extend volume Windows Server 2012 r2 without losing data. Disk management tool has the capability to resize partitons but it has limitations. We will show you the best way to extend volume in Windows server 2012 r2 without losing data.

Andrew Wright

29/10/2019

by Andrew Wright

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Extend volume windows server 2012

You want to extend volume Windows Server 2012 r2 without losing data. Disk management tool has the capability to resize partitons but it has limitations. These limitations does not allow to use this tool for resizing beyond a point.

Extend disk space without data loss

With built-in Disk management tool, you can extend disk space only if you have an unallocated space sitting right side of your target drive. Disk management does not give you option to move the unallocated space. When you shrink any drive the tool always creates unallocated space right side of source drive. The tool does not ask if the space is to be created right or left side of drive. This is another technical drawback of the tool.

To extend disk space of one drive using disk management, you must delete the next partition. Deleting partition creates an unallocated space but erases data. For example if D drive is next to C drive and you delete D drive. The data from D drive is deleted and you see an unallocated partition replacing the D partition. Now your C drive is ready for expansion. Right-click C drive and select extend option.

But what if you do not want to loose data from any drive. You have enough space on other drives. You should be able to shrink them and allocate the free space to the drive which needs space.IM-Magic Partition Resizer is one of best tool to resize partitions without loosing any data.

Resize disk space with IM-Magic Partition Resizer Server edition/unlimited edition

IM-Magic Partition Resizer software helps in resizing partitions in simple steps . There is a free trial available which you can download from the site. The tool is developed to perform many useful disk related jobs apart from expanding disk space.

IM-Magic Partition Resizer gives you option to move your unallocated partition anywhere. If you are able to move unallocated space, the target drive can be easily extended. Follow below steps to get your problem resolved.

  • Open IM-Magic Partition Resizer.
  • Right click the drive you want to shrink if you do not have unallocated partition.
  • Select resize/move partition
  • Drag the border to right side to shrink the drive. This creates unallocated space to the right side of drive which you wand to extend.

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5. To extend the drive, right-click the drive and Select resize/move partition.

6. Drag the extender till the size you want to add.

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7. Click apply changes and then click OK

If you already have unallocated partition, you can right-click on adjoining drive, select resize/move partition. Then move the drive to the right side. The unallocted partition is shifted next to target drive that you want to extend.

The tool takes few seconds to do disk resizing without touching and removing any files. The rollback feature keeps your data more secure and safe. The tools is available for all the versions of Windows and supports NTFS and FAT file systems. To avail other features of this software you buy the paid editions.

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