Thursday, February 21, 2013

We can shrink partition for Windows Server 2008 in two ways

Speaking of shrinking partition for Windows Server 2008, many users will think of the built-in disk management tool which is equipped with "Shrink Volume" function. Well, this function can help us. We can use it to shrink a partition by following the procedures below.
1.       Right click "Computer"- "Manage"- "Disk Management".
2.       Select the target partition.
3.       Right click mouse and then click "Shrink Volume" function.
4.       Set size for the shrunk space and click "Shrink".

Actually, we can also try another way to shrink partition for Windows Server 2008. That is using professional partition manager. It can be downloaded from

How to shrink partition for Windows Server 2008 with partition manager?
After installing the professional partition manager, launch it and we'll see its main interface.

Select the partition that will be shrunk and click "Move/Resize Partition" function. We'll see the following window.

We can drag the two arrows towards the middle to shrink partition (we can also input exact values into the textbox below to set partition size and unallocated space sizes), as follows.

Then click "OK" to go back to the main interface.

We can see from the main interface that two unallocated spaces appear in front of and behind Partition G:. If the result is desired, click "Apply" to execute the operation.

Through the comparison between the two ways to shrink partition for Windows Server 2008, we know that the professional partition manager is more flexible. It can operate on both two ends of a partition. Besides, the partition manager can also extend partition (this function is not limited by unallocated space), merge partition, split partition, move partition, wipe partition, copy partition, etc. Compared with disk management tool, this partition manager is obviously a better assistant for users to carry out partition management.

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