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Hello guys and thanks for your help.
I'm working with a dell poweredge 2950 - windows server 2003 standard editon.  Three HDs - 146gb - one HD as a dedicated Hot spare.
- I used the dell openmanager system installation CD to install the OS and configure Raid.
- As you know during the install, Iyou're prompted to confiure Raid.  I chose Raid 5 and used the fourth drive as a hot spare.
- The OS was installed without any failured.
- My questioin is when I accessed disk management, I have a primary partition of 12gb with windows and then approximately 275gb of unallocated space.  
- I access the setup utility and the array is initializaing and it shows zero free space is allocated for all of the drives.  Fellas, did I do something wrong or does the initialization have to finish for these settings to change.
- how should I proceed from this point.  Should I just format the unallocated space and create another primary partition, etc.  I'm a newbe with this so your recommendations and instructions are greatly appreciated.
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When you went through the setup with the openmanage cd you left it at the default size for the C: drive(12Gb). You can create another partition with the rest of the space but if you need a bigger C: drive as 12gb may not be enough I'd reinstall again and make the C: drive a bit bigger this time as a small C: can cause problem down the line.
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Thanks Jamietoner.  I'm using this server as a WSUS server.  I formatted the rest of the unallocated space and installed WSUS on the big partition so all of the updates, etc will be on the big volume.  However, I wish I had done what you recommended in terms of the C: and I will do that next time.  I hope I will be OK with the 12gb, but I really don't plan on using the space at all except maybe to update this server.  Thanks.
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