Need to extend boot partition in Windows Server 2012

We have a 2TB drive partitioned into a software/boot partition (C:) and a data partition (D:).  

We're running short on space on the C: partition and need to take some space back from the D: partition.  

Is it possible to do this with the built-in Disk Management tools?

If not, what is a good, inexpensive partition management program that works on servers?
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NinjaStyle82Systems AdministratorCommented:
You should be able to shrink D and extend C in Disk Management.
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
The built in functionality is somewhat limited and requires a certain set of circumstances.  When you shrink the D: drive, you'll be likely pulling space from the end of the disk.  You cannot attach the end of the disk to the beginning of the disk to extend C:.  You might be forced (if you want to use the built in tools) to completely delete the D: partition so that C: can be expanded.  I would generally recommend that anyway, but it's going to require some planning and moving of existing data.

GPARTED might be able to do this for you but will require the server to be down for HOURS while it re-arranges things.
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Cheap and simple way is to copy out data from D: - delete D: and then extend C: with Windows Disk Management. Once you right click on C: - there is Extend. Assign it as much space as you want.
When finished recreate D: partition of the rest free unallocated space and copy data back to it.

Or you need to get a copy of software which will do this task either from Boot CD or from installed copy. As mentioned above - GPARTED is free but work from boot CD.
Partition Tool from Easeus is pretty cheap but it will need to restart the server:
Hard Disk Manager 15: is also for an affordable price but it will do the shrink of D: and increase of C: without restarting the server.

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RobertBroachAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the info.
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