Completely reinstalling server 2003
Posted on 2006-04-06
I current have a server where i want to completely do a fresh install of windows 2003, due to various problems with the server at the moment (WHICH I WON'T GO INTO)
anyway, heres the situation. I have 2 RAID sets on the server. The first set has 2 volumes on it, C: with windows instaled on it etc, and D: with lots of data that i would like to keep.
On the second RAID set, is one volume rammed full of stuff i need to keep.
Basically, i want to reformat the C: and install a fresh OS, without jepordising the data on the other 2 volumes. How would i go about doing this?
I know that if i select a fresh copy, it will install an additional operating system and dual boot, and i am also aware that it is hard to reformat a primary partition.
Should i boot from the win2k3 R2 CD and delete the partition and rebuild it? would this cause any problems with the other voumes on the system?
also, if all goes to plan, would i lose all the shares that are created on the other 2 volumes? if so, is there anyway i can reapply them all exactly after installation? I know i dont want much :-)
any help would be much appreciated.