This article introduces how to resize partition in Windows Server 2016 without losing data. Resize Server 2016 partitions with Disk Management and the safest partitioning software.
Resize partition means change the size of allocated partition, of course without losing data. To resize partition on Windows Server 2016, there are 2 options: run native Disk Management tool or third party partitioning software. Disk Management is safe in most cases but it has many limitations, 3rd-party software is much more powerful but it may cause system and/or data damage.
This article introduces how to resize Server 2016 partitions with both Disk Management and the safest software. Follow corresponding method according to your own disk partition type and structure.
Resize partition in Server 2016 Disk Management
To help resize volume on Server 2016, Microsoft provides Shrink Volume and Extend Volume functionalities in native Disk Management tool. Shrink Volume is used to decrease NTFS partition and create new. Extend Volume is used to increase NTFS partition by deleting the right contiguous volume. Both operations can be done without rebooting server, but if you want to extend a partition by shrinking another one with Disk Management, it is impossible, learn why.
How to shrink a partition:
- Press Windows and X together on the keyboard and click Disk Management in the list.
- Right click the drive that you want to decrease and select Shrink Volume.
- Enter the amount of space in MB and then click Shrink to execute.
Shrink Volume can only make Unallocated space on the right side. In some cases, for example: there are unmovable files in this partition or it has file system error, you cannot shrink partition with Disk Management.
How to extend a partition:
- Open Disk Management.
- Right click the partition that has adjacent Unallocated space and select Extend Volume.
- In Extend Volume Wizard window, simply click Next till Finish.
How to resize partitions in physical server
With third party software, you can resize Server 2016 partitions much more easily and there are no such limitations. However, not all software can accomplish this task safely.
There's potential data loss and system damage risk while resizing partition in Windows Server 2016, because all associated parameters must be modified, files must be moved, system boot record must be updated, any slight error could cause boot failure and data loss. If it happens, it costs a long time to restore everything.
Better than other tools, NIUBI Partition Editor has powerful technologies to protect system and data, for example:
- Virtual Mode - all operations will be listed as pending for preview, real disk partitions won't be changed until click Apply to confirm.
- Cancel-at-well - if you applied incorrect operations, it doesn't matter, you can cancel the ongoing operations without causing damage.
- 1-Second Rollback - if anything goes wrong while resizing partition, it automatically reverts server to original status in a flash. If it happens, your server could back online rapidly without modification.
It is also 30% to 300% faster because of the advanced file-moving algorithm.
Download NIUBI Partition Editor Server, you'll see all disks with graphical partition structure on the right side. Available operations to the selected disk or partition are listed on the left and by right clicking.
How to resize partition in Windows Server 2016 with NIUBI Partition Editor:
- Right click a NTFS or FAT32 partition (such as D:) and select "Resize/Move Volume", drag either border towards the other side in the pop-up window. If you drag left border towards right, Unallocated space is made on the left side after resizing.
- If you want to create new partitions, right click this Unallocated space and select "Create Volume". If you want to extend other partition (such as C:), right click it and select Resize/Move Volume again, drag the border opposite to the other one to combine Unallocated space.
- Click Apply on top left to execute. (Any operations before this step only work in virtual mode.)
- While shrinking a partition, you may either enter an amount directly.
- If you want to extend the left contiguous partition, you'd better make Unallocated space on the left while shrinking.
- If you want to extend a non-adjacent partition, there's an additional step to move Unallocated space.
- If there's no available free space in all partitions on the same disk, you can copy to a larger disk and extend partition(s) with additional space.
How to resize RAID 0/1/5/10 partition
It is common to use hardware RAID arrays in a server. If you want to resize RAID partition in Windows 2016 server, do NOT break array or do any operations to raid controller, just check if there's free unused space in the same raid array, the same array means Disk 0, 1, etc that are shown by NIUBI Partition Editor, then follow the steps above.
To Operating System and NIUBI Partition Editor, there's no difference if you use physical hard disks or RAID arrays. It doesn't matter if you use RAID 0, 1, 5, or 10. It is not an issue if you use any different brand of raid controller or how you build this array.
How to resize virtual partition in VMware/Hyper-V
If you run Windows 2016 server as virtual machine in VMware or Hyper-V, to resize virtual partition, you just need to install NIUBI Partition Editor to this virtual server and follow the steps above.
If there's no available free space in a disk, you can expand VMware and Hyper-V virtual disk directly. Additional space will be shown as Unallocated on the end of original virtual disk. Then merge this Unallocated space to the partition(s) that you want to extend.
To resize partition in Windows Server 2016, the native Disk Management is not the best tool because of many limitations. Back up the server and run safe partition software. Thanks to the powerful data protection technologies, faster file-moving algorithm and other benefits, NIUBI Partition Editor is the best tool to help accomplish this task. To resize Server 2016 partitions, you just need to click, drag and drop on the disk map of NIUBI. It also helps do many other disk and partition management operations.