“Partitioning a Windows OS has been an easy task by using disk management or even by a software. When you compare it with the task of partitioning Windows Server 2012, the latter is definitely difficult. Many people even think if they can resize partitions in Windows Server 2012 without using any application. Well, it is possible, but little complicated. This page will explain the steps on how you can resize the partition on Windows Server 2012 without complications…”

Let us begin by understanding Windows Server 2012…

Windows Server 2012 which also carries the code name Windows Server 8 and is the sixth released version of Windows Server clan of OS which was developed simultaneously with Windows 8. The name Windows Server 2012 wasn’t announced until the year 2012.

This Windows Server 2012 was only available for MSDN users. The 2012 Windows has a GUI and which is based on the Metro Design Language and also has a new Server Manager, which is a graphical application used for managing servers.

Re-sizing a partition by shrinking a Volume

You can right- click on the Windows button which is situated to the left corner on the bottom of the page. Select “Disk Management” and you will be able to see all the disks and partitions along with the free space of each single partition and other information too. In order to change or reduce the size of a partition which was created, you can click on it and select Shrink Volume. You can follow the steps given below:

Step 1- When you click on the partition a pop-up window will appear on the screen and now you can type
be createthe amount of space you require to cut down from the partition.

Step 2- Click on the Shrink button and you will find that another free Unallocated Spbe createdbehind this partition.

Step 3-  Now that the original partition size has changed and you can create a new partition using the unallocated space.

All about Resizing Partitions with Extended Volume

Using the disk management, you can resize or increase a disk drive, in a Windows Server 2012.

Note- Each and every drive cannot be resized or extended.

If you try right-clicking on a data partition, you might see that the Extended Volume will be greyed out.

In case of another data drive, the extending feature is available, Why? Because if you want to extend a disk partition, there has to be a Free Unallocated Space next adjacent to the disk partition.

Few disadvantages of Windows 2012 disk Management

The shrink volume and Extend Volume looks powerful, why because it can change the size of a partition which was created (without losing any data), without even rebooting the server. Before performing any task, as a user you are also supposed to know the disadvantages of disk management. Following are the few negatives of disk management:

  • By shrinking one partition, you cannot extend another partition
  • You can only create disk drives from the free unallocated space shrank from a disk drive,
  • Even if there is free space adjacent to the partition, you cannot extend the partition.

In case you come across some data loss scenarios from your partition due to the changes in Disk Management Utility, you can depend on trustable third party applications like remo partition recovery for restoring partitions.