How can I shrink c drive windows server 2012 r2


This article is about how to shrink c drive on Windows server 2012 r2 with disk management or other partition tool, you can use this solution to better manage your disk space.

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How to shrink c drive in Windows server 2012 r2

“Hello, I have a question. I want to shrink my c drive and create a new partition to save my important data. I know Disk Management on the Windows system can make it. I tried it, but turned out the shrink volume option grayed out on the menu, and I don’t know why. How can I shrink the c drive on the Windows server 2012 r2?”

There are a lot of reasons that the shrink volume grayed out. Maybe your file system is not NTFS, maybe you have unmovable data on the c drive, etc. Then how can you shrink the c drive in Windows server 2012 r2? We will show you some useful solutions to make it.

Shrink volume with Disk Management

Disk Management is an useful partition manage tool which can help you to change disk partitions like extending partition, shrinking partitions. While it may sometimes fails to help you. And when you run it, it may cause you data loss problems.

You can run this tool by right clicking the “Computer”, and choose “Manage”, then you can enter “Disk Management” module, if you use NTFS file system on your computer, you can use the “shrink volume” option there to resize your disk partitions. Steps to shrink partitions in Windows server

When the “shrink volume” option grayed out, you can try another solution to fix it.

How to shrink c drive without data loss

If the “shrink volume” option is grayed out, you can also shrink the partition with a third party disk partition manage tool. Here we recommend IM-Magic Partition Resizer, which is a 100% safe and effective software. It can deal with a lot partition manage problems. It works fast and you don’t need to wait much time to resize the disk.

If you use Windows 7/8/10/XP/Vista, you can even download the IM-Magic Partition Resizer Free edition, and resize your partitions for totally free. If you want to shrink partition in Windows server edition, you can free download IM-Magic Partition Resizer server, which is free for trail, it supports all the Windows server systems including 2003/2008/2011/2012/2016/2019/2022. Or you can choose IM-Magic Partition Resizer Unlimited, which can be used for any system for lifetime, but the price can be a little more expensive. My advice is you can try IM-Magic Partition Resizer server first, if you think it works well, then try Unlimited edition.

Instructions to shrink partitions with IM-Magic Partition Resizer

First, free download IM-Magic Partition Resizer. Run the computer on your computer.

Then right click the partition which you want to shrink, choose “resize/move partition”.

Move the cursor to shrink the partition easily.

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Apply the changes.

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