Extend c drive free space Windows Server 2016 without formatting


C drive run out of free space in server 2016, this article will show you how to increase c drive free space in Windows server.

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Increase system boot volume size Windows server 2016 is needed

With the latest Windows Server version, Microsoft is adding newer features with the improved performance but the disk management is still having the same issues. Nothing new has been added here and everything keeps the same with the previous version. Windows’ built-in disk management tool can be used for some basic operations such as create, delete, format partition and change drive letter. For advanced operation, you can use this tool to extend volume and shrink volume or you can change partition size without starting over. But those limitations are still there such as you cant extend C: drive by shrinking D. In most cases, it's a must to use 3rd party reliable tool to Extend c drive free space Windows Server 2016 without formatting. Let's discuss more,

Increase disk space in windows server 2016

You can increase the C drive free space by right-clicking Windows icon>Disk Management on the bottom left corner. This tool will help you to see all connected disk partition, as well as capacity and free space of each partition. This feature is created for people who insist on using Windows built-in tool. This built-in tool can perform different tasks but previous issues are still there.

The main issue with the built-in disk management tool is you can only be able to extend the drive when the Unallocated space is adjacent and at the right side of C: drive. Necessary steps to extend c drive free space Windows Server 2016 without formatting are,

1. Right-click C: drive and select “Extend Volume“ from the options.

2. In the pop-up window, you’ll see Extend Volume Wizard. Click Next,

3. Select the disk and the available space. Now click Next.

4. Review the selected disk and free space, click Finish to proceed

Problems of using Windows’ built-in disk management tool

This operation is only possible when you have adjacent unallocated space at the right side of the drive. If there is no adjacent Unallocated space, the option of extending volume will be greyed out. In this situation, the only option available for you is to delete the D: drive and make it an adjacent unallocated space so that the tool can let you extend the disk volume. And there are some cases where you won't be able the extend the volume even if you have already deleted the D: drive. So not all adjacent Unallocated space can be added to extend D” drive. It was then a problem and it's still the main problem. Some other related issues are,

1. There should be another device to store files.

2. It takes a long time to transfer files.

3. Risk of losing data.

4. After deleting the D drive, applications or services that run from D drive will stop working.

5. In a special situation, You have to delete other volumes together

Using the 3rd party tool not only make things easier but also helps you solve the low disk problem.

Increase disk space in windows server 2016 using the IM-Magic-Partition resizer

3rd party tools have their own issues and most of the time there is the risk of losing data. But 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.

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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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