[Fixed]The volume you have selected may not be extended

Summary

The Windows system said that “The volume you have select may not be extended”? Don’t worry, you can easily extend the volume without data loss.

Andrew Wright

1/10/2020

by Andrew Wright

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Server 2003/2008/2012 the volume you have selected may not be extended

Windows Server 2003/2008/2012 is considered as the best operating system for office use. The added features, continuous updates, and office-oriented tools provided in the SBS (small business server) makes it stand out to other operating systems. However, these features and updates can consume GBs of data and you may end up with low disk space problems. One downside of the Windows Server 2003/2008/2012 is that you cannot edit the partition sizes at the time of installation.

What to do when c-drive becomes full? Well, the best solution to resolve low disk space problem on c-drive is to resize c-drive. Follow this post and learn more about how you can resize c-drive to free up disk space.

Resize Disk Volume server Using Disk Management Tool

Disk Management is a built-in partition manager tool available in almost all Microsoft Windows. Disk management provides several partition tools to deal with storage problems. You can also shrink, extend, and resize disk partitions within a few steps. However, it has certain limitations too and the volume you have selected may not be extended. Following is a step-by-step guide to resize c-drive using Disk Management utility

Open the Disk Management utility by going to the Server Manager.

You will all the partitions installed on your computer.

Right click on the disk partition you want to shrink and click “Shrink Volume” from the drop-down menu.

Enter the amount of space you would like to separate and click “Shrink”.

Now right click on C-Drive and click “Extend Volume” from the drop-down menu.

Complete the extension setup wizard.

You’re Done.

Note that c-drive will only be extended if the separated space called unallocated space is adjacent to it. If there is another partition between c-drive and unallocated space, you will not be able to extend disk space.

In such case, the only option is to use a third-party partition resizer that can provide additional access to the disk operations.

Resize Disk Volume Using Freeware IM-Magic Partition Resizer

IM-Magic partition Resizer is one of the best disk management tool for Windows system, you can try their free edition to resize disk volume for totally free, if you use Windows server, you can also download Server edition or Unlimited edition. It can support all versions of SBS and provides high-end access to all disk operations.

Following is the ultimate step-by-step guide to resize c-drive using unallocated space from a data partition

Launch the IM-Magic Partition Resizer

Select the data partition you want to shrink and right click on it.

Click “Resize/Move” from the drop-down menu and drag the cursor on the colourful storage bar to shrink the volume.

If shrunk space will be grayed out and called unallocated space.

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If there is another partition between c-drive and unallocated space, open that partition and move the unallocated space to the left.

When the unallocated space becomes adjacent to c-drive, right click C-Drive and click “Resize/Move”. Extend the c-drive by acquiring the grayed-out space.

Resize Disk Volume Using IM-Magic Partition Resizer Resize Disk Volume Using IM-Magic Partition Resizer

Note that only the IM-Magic Server and Unlimited edition can be used for Windows SBS, while the Free and Professional editions are used for Windows 7/8/10, Vista, XP etc. In case of further questions, or suggestions, learn more here.

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