As a highlight in disk management of Windows server 2008 compared to previous editions, extend and shrink partition are added into it for more flexible management. You can extend partition with unallocated space right behind it or shrink partition to create unallocated space. But you can not move a partition which makes it difficult to extend system partition because there are always data partitions behind. In this item, you need to resort to some third party softwares, most of which are not free. Free Partition Magic Server - AOMEI Partition Assistant Lite Edition can free move partition in Windows 2008 (R2 supported) safely. It is totally free of charge, you can download it to have a try!
Suppose you have two partitions and a block of unallocated space in the hard drive. Partition C is 25.93G and Partition D is 90.07G. You have tried to extend partition C by shrinking partition D to generate 46.07G unallocated space in the end of the hard drive. But you can not merge the unallocated space into partition C. Because unallocated space is not right behind partition C. To free move partition in Windows Server 2008, you need to download an AOMEI Partition Lite Edition and do like below:
Step 1: Launch free partition manager server-Partition Assistant Lite. In the main console, right click partition D and select “Move Partition”.
Step 2: Then you can drag the slider rightward to move partition D in the window and click “Ok”.
Step 3: After clicking “Ok”, you will see the unallocated space has been move before partition D. Now click “Apply” in the toolbar to proceed the pending operations.
There must be unallocated space which has equal or larger size to the partition right behind the partition you want to move. The latest Windows server 2008 R2 is supported. More operations are needed on how to extend partition C.