Repartition hard drive in Windows Server 2008
What will do you when system C: drive or other volumes are getting full? Several hours to back up everything, recreate disk drives and another several hours to restore? Actually, you can repartition hard drive in Windows Server 2008 R2 without losing data, of course you should select a safe partition tool first. In this article, I’ll introduce the reliable tool and the easiest way to repartition drive on Windows Server 2008 by clicking and dragging.
Safe tool to repartition hard disk
Many so-called safe partition software are not really safe after testing. Why? Two reasons:
1. Software internal error
Take MBR disk as example, there are many parameters in MBR and DBR, from which we know how many drives in this drive, the start and end location of each drive, etc. From the parameters in each DBR, Windows can locate all files in this drive. To repartition drive, all related parameters in MBR and DBR shold be modified correctly. In addition, all files in this drive should be moved to new locations in some situation. Even one of the parameters cannot be modified correctly due to software internal error, damage occur with no doubt.
- If system related parameters in MBR and other place cannot be updated or modified incorrectly, you cannot boot Windows.
- If part of partition related parameters failed to be modified, this partition will be corrupted or completely lost from Windows Explorer.
- If the software failed to move or modify the parameters of files of a drive, you’ll lose these files.
2. Hardware issue
Besides software internal error, some hardware issue also cause system damage and data loss, such as power off, extremely high CPU usage rate or low RAM while repartitioning hard drive.
NIUBI Partition Editor is the only partition software that can ensure 100% system and data intact while repartitioning drive on Windows Server 2008 and other servers. It creates a snapshot of all connected disk drives and monitor the whole repartition process. If it detects any error that it cannot handle or any hardware issue, it automatically roll back to the status of snapshot in a flash. So nothing will be changed or damaged, the server could also back online immediately. The unique 1 Second Rollback technology of NIUBI is innovative and very important to a server for data protecting and fast recovering.
How to repartition hard drive
Besides safe, NIUBI Partition Editor is very easy. To repartition hard drive on Windows Server 2008 (R2), you just need to click and drag on the program. In most of the server, there is adjacent drive such as D in the same disk of C drive, I’ll show you how to shrink D and extend C drive, then you’ll understand how to repartition drive with this tool.
How to shrink D drive:Download NIUBI Partition Editor, right click drive D and select Resize/Move Volume.
In the pop-up window, drag the left border rightwards.
Drive D is shrank to 30GB and 20GB Unallocated space is generated on the left side. (If you drag right border leftwards, Unallocated space will be generated on the right side.)
How to extend C drive:
Right click C drive and select Resize/Move Volume again, in the pop-up window, drag the right border rightwards to combine Unallocated space.
C drive is extended to 50GB. Click Apply on top left to execute, done. The pending operations will can be done in Windows Desktop without rebooting server.
It is very easy to repartition hard drive in Windows Server 2008 R2 without starting over. You’d better select the safe and reliable partition software, because there are large amount of important files in the server. Backup software can protect system and data, but it costs a long time to restore. To repartition drive on Server 2008 safely and easily, NIUBI Partition Editor is the first choice.