Since Windows 2008 built-in Disk Management contained Extend/Shrink feature, extending volume should have been never a problem in theory. However, sometimes we still cannot extend a volume in Server 2008. I think most of you may have encountered this condition: When Windows system drive is full, you propably think about using Disk Management to extend it. however, when you right click one volume and the “Extend Volume” option is grayed out in Server 2008, which means this function is not available.
Most of you may wonder why you aren’t allowed to extend partition with Disk Management in Server 2003 or in what situations this function can be highlight. The answer is that there must be an unallocated space contiguous behind the partition you want to extend, otherwise the Extend Volume gray out. So before you use this tool in Server 2008, please pay attention to contiguous unallocated behind it. If you just cannot meet the requirements it requires, how to do that? Here we introduce you an easy way to solve “extend volume greyed out” in Server 2008 disk management.
Furthermore, if you use Disk Management, you can only extend partition with unallocated space behind the partition to be extended. If there is no unallocated space, the Extend Volume option will be grayed out, and even Diskpart unable to extend the volume. In that case, you need to use third party server partition software to extend volume.
Extend C drive with magic software
You may feel upset. In fact, it is possible to extend system partition (C:), but to activate "Extend Volume" option should be in some conditions. As there is no "contiguous unallocated space" after the (C:) partition drive, so in Windows Server 2008 “Extend Volume" is greyed out. What can you do?
As using windows disk management to extend partition is not convenience, we hereby suggest a new partition toolkit to help you extend partition --- AOMEI Partition Assistant Server. It is easy and safe to extend a partition, what you need to do is a few of clicks. Besides, it is safe. All you data and file will be highly protected.
Case Study: Below will demonstrate how to extend system volume with Extend Partition Wizard?
First, download and run Partition Assistant Server, and click "Extend Partition Wizard" in its main board:
Then, a pop-up dialog box will be presented in front of you, please check "Extend System Partition" option, click "Next":
Tick "Automatical Mode for extending a partition", click "Next":
To extend system volume, Drag the slider bar rightwards or enter proper new size into the "Partition New Size" field, then click "Next":
When the following screen appears, check all the information. Click "Proceed" to take all the operation effect. then you don’t need to worry the problem of Extend Volume grayed out in Server 2008.
besides Windows Server 2008/R2, this software also support Windows Server 2012/R2 and 2016. For enterprise users, Partition Assistant Unlimited Edition is a better choice to support the unlimited usage within one company. Also, you can use Technician Edition to provide charged technical services to your clients. You could choose different edition based on your needs.