This article introduces how to resize partition in Hyper-V running Windows Server 2016, how to shrink D or E to extend C drive (system partition) in Hyper-V without losing data.
It is not an task to many administrator to resize partition on a server especially when this server is running as virtual machine. Many people ask whether there's any difference when resizing virtual partition in Hyper-V, and whether it's safe to extend system C drive in Hyper-V running Windows Server 2016, 2012, 2008. This article introduces how to resize and extend Hyper-V partition with both Windows native and 3rd-party tools.
How to resize partition in Hyper-V without any software
Open Windows Server 2016 in Hyper-V, press Windows and X together on the keyboard, and then click Disk Management in the list.
Right click a partition, you'll see many options. Among them, Shrink Volume and Extend Volume is used to shrink and extend without losing data. Both functions only support NTFS partition, FAT32 and any other types of partitions cannot be shrunk or extended.
Most of partitions in Windows 2016 server are formatted with NTFS file system by default, but Disk Management still cannot help you in most cases, because:
- Shrink Volume function can only decrease a NTFS partition and make Unallocated space on the right side.
- Extend Volume function only works when there's adjacent Unallocated space on the right.
Therefore, only when you want to shrink a NTFS to create new, or extend a NTFS partition by deleting the right contiguous volume, you can resize partition without any software. Disk Management cannot help you extend a virtual partition by shrinking any other one.
- Shrink Volume limitations and how to shrink partition with it.
- Extend Volume limitations and how to extend partition with it.
If you want to extend a partition in Hyper-V by shrinking another one without losing data, only 3rd-party software can help you. However, not any one can help you well. You'd better back up first and run safe software, otherwise, there's potential system and data damage risk. Better than other tools, NIUBI Partition Editor has innovative technologies to protect system and data such as:
- Virtual Mode - all operations will be listed as pending for preview, 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 in a short time without modification.
- Because of the advanced file-moving algorithm, it is 30% - 300% faster while shrinking or moving a partition.
How to shrink D or E to extend system C drive in Hyper-V
To extend system partition C in Hyper-V running Windows Server 2016, firstly, check there's free unused space in D other partition on the same virtual disk. If yes, it is very easy. Shrink this partition with NIUBI Partition Editor, then part of free space will be converted to Unallocated, and then add this Unallocated space to C drive. After resizing partitions, Operating System, programs, Windows services and everything else keep the same with before, except partition size.
Steps to extend system partition (C: drive) in Hyper-V running Windows Server 2016:
- Download NIUBI Partition Editor and install to Windows Server 2016 in Hyper-V.
- Right click the right contiguous partition D: (in some server is E:) and select "Resize/Move Volume". Drag left border towards right in the pop-up window, or enter an amount in the box of Unallocated space before.
- Right click system partition C: and select "Resize/Move Volume" again, drag right border towards right to combine Unallocated space in the pop-up window.
- Click Apply on top left to execute. (If you did something wrong, simply click Undo to cancel th pending operation.)
If you want to get free space from any non-adjacent volume, there's an additional step to move Unallocated space before merging to C drive.
How to extend Hyper-V partition when virtual disk is full
In a physical server, if a hard disk is full, you have to clone system disk to another larger one, and then extend system C drive with additional disk space. But in Hyper-V virtual server, it is much easier.
- Follow the steps to expand Hyper-V virtual disk. After that, additional space will be shown as Unallocated on the end of original virtual disk.
- Follow the steps to combine Unallocated space to the partition(s) that you want to extend.
Besides shrinking and extending partition in Hyper-V or physical Windows 2016 Server, NIUBI Partition Editor helps copy, convert, merge, defrag, hide, wipe partition, scan bad sector and much more.