By AOMEI / Last Updated June 4, 2020

Why need a partition magic tool for Windows Server 2008?

The disk partition is an indispensable part of every computer. To manage those disk partitions in Windows Server 2008, 2012, 2016 or 2019, the Server native Disk Management will be most users’ prior choice. It is able to help Server 2008 users to delete/format/extend/shrink volume, change drive letter and path, and make partition as active. The most commonly used features should be the “Extend Volume” and “Shrink Volume”, since the majority users need to change the original partition size to make them more reasonable.

However, it has some limitations that will prevent you from successfully extending or shrinking a volume.
It is only able to extend and shrink basic volume that has no file system or use the NTFS file system.
It can only extend the volume that has been followed by an unallocated space on the adjacent right side. Namely, if there is unallocated space but not adjacent to the partition you want to extend, the “Extend Volume” option will be greyed out.
The “Shrink Volume” can only shrink a volume to the point where the unmovable files are located (such as the page file or the shadow copy storage area.

Thus, you might need a partition magic program for Windows Server 2008.

Free download partition manager for Windows Server 2008

To flexibly resize disk partition in Windows Server 2008, you can turn to AOMEI Partition Assistant Lite. This freeware can work well in both 32 bit and 64 bit in Windows Server 2000, 2003, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2019, Windows Home Server 2011 and Windows SBS 2003, 2008, 2011.

It comes with many powerful features to make up for the limitations of Disk Management. It can resize both FAT32 and NTFS partition. To extend a partition, it can move the unallocated space next to the to-be-extended partition and then add it to the target volume. Below are detailed steps to move and extend the partition.

Note: the size of unallocated space must be larger than the partition you will move.

Step 1. Free download the partition software for Server 2008, install and run it.

Download Freeware Win Server 2008/2012/2016/2019
Secure Download

Step 2. Right click the partition that locates in the middle of the unallocated space and the volume you wish to extend, and select “Move Partition”.

Move Partition

Step 3. Drag the slider to the right side to move the selected partition.

Drag Silder

Step 4. Back to the main interface, you can see the unallocated space is right behind the aim partition now.

Unallocated Space Moved

Step 5. Right click the target partition and select “Resize Partition”.

Resize Partition

Step 6. Drag the arrow key to the right side to add the unallocated space into the selected partition.

Extend Partition

Step 7. Now in the main interface, the partition is extended. To make it take effect, you have to click “Apply” to commit the pending operation.


See? With the free partition magic, you can manage your disk partition more easily and flexibly. If you want to unlock more amazing functions like merging partitions, allocating free space from one partition to another, moving Windows Server to new hard drive (SSD or HDD), converting MBR and GPT without deleting partitions and more, you can upgrade to the AOMEI Partition Assistant Server.