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Should I partition a new SBS install?

We're about to do our first-ever SBS install--and want to do it right, of course.  This server will be running a mid-range accounting app and Exchange server.  I've read info saying that you should set up 3 partitions--one for operating system, one for programs, and one for data.  Is this really beneficial and worthwhile?  If so, should I partition the drive as C:, D:, and E:?  What ratios should I use for space allocation?

And in case this matters...this first install is for a small four-user office and will only have a single 80GB IDE hard drive (for now...and yes, I do realize this is not good!).  But my next install will be for a 15-user office with a three drive RAID-5 setup.  So I'm asking the above questions with these factors in mind, if they make a difference.  TIA

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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
Take a look at this chapter from Eriq Neale's SBS Unleashed (http://www.samspublishing.com/articles/article.asp?p=433330&seqNum=4&rl=1).

I also recommend the rest of the book... http://sbsurl.com/unleashed

But to answer your question more directly, if you only have a single 80GB IDE drive, you are right that this is no good... why not put in a second drive and create a RAID 1 at the very least to give you some fault tolerance?  Another 80GB IDE will only run you about $40.00.

There is no set "ratio"  because that would depend on your total available storage space.  You do want to leave no less than 15GB (20GB preferred) for the Operating System.

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