Adding Disk Space After Resizing a Windows 2008 Cloud Server

After successfully resizing a Windows Cloud Server, you will need to perform some additional steps in order to utilize the new disk space that is available for your server. In Windows Server 2008 you can merge the newly available disk space into one drive by expanding your original drive.  Although no longer offered by Rackspace, if you are using a legacy Cloud Server with Windows 2003 there are separate instructions for how to add disk space after a resize.





Expanding the Drive 

Start by initiating a Remote Desktop session to your Cloud Server.



Open Computer Management

From the Desktop of your Windows Server 2008 Cloud Server, open the Start Menu and select Administrative Tools > Computer Management.




Open Disk Management

Under the Storage folder in the left pane, select Disk Management. In the left pane of Disk Management you will see the current formatted hard drive for your server, and you should also see an amount of unallocated space in the right pane. In this example we have a server with 40 GB of hard disk space that we have resized to 80 GB. That expanded storage space is the unallocated 40 GB. 




Extend the Volume

Select the C:\ drive and right-click on it.  Choose Extend Volume from the drop down menu.




Extend Volume Wizard 

This will open the Extend Volume Wizard. Follow the prompts to complete the process.




Select the Volume you wish to Extend

To add all available space to your C:\ drive (Disk 0) you can keep the default selections and press Next.

You will now see the C:\ drive expand to the maximum available space.



Verify Disk Space

You will now see the additional disk drive volume that you created.  Close Computer Management and begin using the additional space that you have just created.  You can verify that the Extend process worked correctly by going to Computerand checking the disk size for the C:\ drive.


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