How to Increase Partition Size in Server 2016


How to increase disk partition size in server 2016 without data loss? This article will show you how and give the best solution to resize the partitions in Windows server.

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How can I increase partition size server 2016

System running low on disk space is a common problem seen in Windows server 2016 and other servers. The system becomes unresponsive or takes tons of minutes to respond to a command. This problem is attributed, more often than not, to the lack of enough storage space in your C drive, thus the need to increase c drive space.

Why do you need to increase partition size? Since it has been established that C drive getting full is a major problem, this then leaves us with no other choice than to extend the C drive which means adding space to C drive server 2016.

Extend volume in server 2016 with system tool

The issue with Server 2016 is largely due to the storage partition which comes with two drives. The C drive, which contains the system and application configuration and other partitions.

The limitation experienced is because the C drive is the major storage partition. It is programmed to collect update, and run programs yet it holds the lowest amount of space compared to other partitions. This makes it almost inevitable to run out of storage space sooner than expected, necessitating different methods possible to either reduce the items in your C drive or increase c drive space.

To curb this limitation, every windows server comes with a built-in utility tool, Disk Management Tool that helps to resize and extend partitions. To use this tool, you would have to follow a couple of steps listed below.

1.Locate the disk management tool and launch it.

2.Right-click the C drive or any other partition of your choice that you wish to extend and select the ‘extend volume’ option

3.An extend volume wizard will be launched immediately to guide you through other steps involved. All you have to do is click ‘next’ to continue with the size extension process.

4.When the page is opened, input the amount of free space you desire to add to C drive and click on ‘next’ to proceed to the final step.

5.Then, confirm the changes by clicking on ‘finish’ to effect the change.

While this is an effective way to increase partition size in server 2016 and other servers, it comes with some drawbacks – the extend volume option is grayed out - that makes it impossible to extend or increase c drive space.

Extend c drive with partition resize tool

Well, the good news is that there is another way out. With the extend volume option being grayed out, you are left with no other choice but to employ the help of third-party software that would be able to deliver the expected result in ample time.

One of such reliable third-party software is the IM-Magic Partition Resizer. This easy-to-use partition tool allows you to resize extend or increase partition size in server 2016 and other servers irrespective of the location of the unallocated space you wish to move.

With these simple steps, you are sure to get your desired amount of space in the partition of your choice.

Step 1:

Download, install and launch IM-Magic Partition Resizer Server Edition on your computer.

Step 2:

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Step 3:

Then click on your C drive or any other partition and drag the border to acquire the free space.

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Step 4:

After which, you simply apply the changes by clicking on ‘Apply’.

And the partition tool performs the magic in a split second.


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