Shrinking a partition on Windows Server 2008 is similar to Vista
In order to optimize the performance of servers, IT administrators should try to shrink some partitions to make the best use of hard disks. Shrinking partitions should be carried out by a Professional Partition Manager software since the Disk Managing function built in Windows Server is unavailable for some operations.
The most recent release of Microsoft Windows' server line of operating systems is Windows Server 2008. Windows Server 2008 is built from the same code base as Windows Vista. So, the architecture and functionality have some in common.
As a Windows Server 2008 user you should already have found that partition management is not an easy task. Unreliable software might destroy all your important data during the process of shrinking partition on Windows Server 2008 Operating System.
Sometimes, you might need to shrink some partitions to ensure the stability and liability of your servers. Such as when a boot partition C: drive is out of place, the server computer will be fighting for the precious space and will run slowly. To start over is a solution but no one would like to waste their time to do it. The most time-saving and easy way is to shrink another partition with a reliable partition server 2008 manager software.
You can shrink server partition on Windows 2008 using the same process as on Windows Vista. For example, if you want to shrink a partition, such as the D: Drive in your Windows Server 2008 Operating System, MiniTool Partition Manager is the perfect choice for you. It allows you freely shrink a partition in Windows Server 2008 without destroying data.
The steps are as follows:
1. Select D: Then click Partitions > Resize/ Move.
On the disk diagram, the current size of all the partitions on your system is displayed. The diagram also depicts free space surrounding the partition if any exists. The maximum sizes that you can shrink a partition depend on the usage of the partition.
2. Position the mouse on the left or right partition handles and drags the handle to shrink to the partition size you want.
3. Reboot your Windows Server 2008 Operating System. You now have a shrunken D: drive. With the unallocated space you can extend other partition as you wish, like C: drive.
Tip: Before shrinking partitions, backing up of your key data is strongly recommended.