The same with other Windows versions, hard drive partitions in Server 2019 also runs out of space. In this situation, you can expand this drive without starting over. To extend partition in Windows Server 2019, there are two choices: Windows built-in Disk Management and 3rd-party partition manager software.
Windows Server 2019 Disk Management has Extend Volume function to help expand hard drive without losing data, but it only works when there is adjacent Unallocated space on the right side, otherwise, Extend Volume is greyed out. Comparing with Disk Management, third party software is much more powerful. In this article, I'll show you both methods to extend volume on Windows Server 2019 without losing data.
To extend partition with Disk Management in Windows Server 2019, your disk partition configuration must meet the requirements including:
If your disk partition configuration meet the requirements, you can extend Server 2019 partition without any software.
Steps to extend partition volume in Windows Server 2019 with Disk Management:
As I said above, Disk Management has limitations that cause you cannot extend volume in Windows Server 2019. Typical limitations include:
The built-in Extend Volume functionality only works when there is adjacent Unallocated space on the right side, otherwise, Extend Volume is disabled. As you see in the screenshot below:
You cannot get right adjacent Unallocated space while shrinking volume with Disk Management, so the only way to extend partition with Server 2019 Disk Management is by deleting the right contiguous volume.
Extend Volume only supports NTFS partition, so FAT32 and other types of partitions can't be extended, even though there is adjacent Unallocated space on the right side. As you see in the screenshot, Extend Volumes is grayed out, because drive D is formatted as FAT32.
If your hard disk is GPT, there's no such issue. But if this disk is MBR, you should check the type of the partitions that you want to delete and extend. Both partitions must be the same. If one is Primary and the other one is Logical, you cannot extend partition even after deleting the right contiguous one.
To extend partition in Windows Server 2019, NIUBI Partition Editor is better choice. Comparing with Disk Management, it has advantages while resizing partition:
Better than other server partition software, NIUBI Partition Editor is much safer and faster because of the advanced technologies:
Download NIUBI Partition Editor and follow the steps to extend volume partition on Windows Server 2019:
Windows Server 2019 Disk Management can only help you extend NTFS partition by deleting the right contiguous one. If you want to extend FAT32 partition, or extend a partition by shrinking another one, or extend a partition with nonadjacent Unallocated space, you have to run third party software. Because of the advanced technologies, NIUBI Partition Editor is much safer and faster. Besides shrinking and extending partition, it helps do many other disk partition operations.➤