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Nowadays NTFS is considered as the latest file system and gradually takes the place of FAT/FAT 32. And the NTFS file system has already been as the default setting in the later Windows OS, such as Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 2003, Windows Vista, Windows 2008, Windows 2012, Windows 7, Windows 8 and 8.1. Being different from FAT/FAT32, it is possible to extend NTFS partition with Diskpart command and/or Disk Management snap-in under certain conditions, in other words, there are lots of limitations you may have encountered. As a result, most guys have to choose PartitionMagic Software to help them extend NTFS system partition when C drive is running out of disk space.

Extend NTFS system partition with reliable Partition Magic Software

By searching Google, you could easily find there are a lot of Partition Magic 8.0 alternatives, such as Partition Assistant Server Edition which could help you extend NTFS system partition without restarting your machine. Here, take Windows Server 2003 for example to show "how to extend NTFS system partition without rebooting".

Scenario: There are two partitions: C drive (system, boot, page files, NTFS file system) and D drive (data partition, NTFS file system). The goal is to extend NTFS system partition (C drive) by taking some unallocated/unused space from data partition D.

Step1. Launch Partition Magic for Server - Partition Assistant Server Edition. Select partition D and drag the left slider bar rightwards, and then there will be some contiguous unallocated space behind system partition.

Shrink Partition

Step2. Select system partition (C drive) and drag the right slider bar rightwards to merge unallocated space.

Extend NTFS System Partition

Step3. Finally, click "Apply" on the toolbar to perform the "Pending Operations".

Click Apply

Step4: Confirm all the pending operations. After that, click "Proceed".

Confirm Operations

Step5: All of operations have been completed successfully without rebooting your machine.

Note: There are three or four operations which may require a reboot:

  • Shrink and/or move system partition - decrease its partition size and/or change its initial position.
  • Resize a partition on which there is one or more live applications.
  • Extend FAT/FAT32 system partition.

If there is a step that needs to reboot your machine, it will remind you in the Step4 with "Reboot required" as shown below. If you don't want to reboot, please click "Cancel", then check and close all live application in the partition. Should you need technical support please feel free to contact [email protected].

Reboot Required

To test whether Partition Assistant Server Edition can works with your system and meet your needs, please free download partition magic demo version to try.

Tips: For Enterprise users, Unlimited Edition provides unlimited usage within one company to save money, namely, you can install it on multiple machines in your company to maximize business productivity whilst minimizing the total cost of management.

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