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Proper setup of Windows storage server 2003 r2

WE ordered a nf600 with windows 2003 storage server r2 with 8 1TB drives.

We had the OS partition created (40GB) and the rest of the drives used for file services.

The machine arrived configured thus:

Four sets of mirrored drives One of the sets had windows OS installed

The drives are presented as
 two 1.7 TB drives
one 1.2 TB drive and
One 1.67 TB drives

We were expecting a RAID 5 configuration of the seven drives with one drive for the OS

That being said, I can see how setting the drives in mirrored sets increases the overall amount of TB available.

Our dilemma is how to set up the server so that it "behaves" like one large 6.3TB drive?
1 Solution
Blow that config out with the DELL config cd and then create a single mirrored partition, Run the install and then during reboot after OS is installed, go ahead and configure the rest of the drives by using the Dell array config utility at bootup (forgot what the command is on POST, but it is there.)  From here you can create the partition as large as you like.  Once complete, boot into OS, Disk manager, right click on gigantic partition and format it with NTFS (Quickly).

I suppose that you could also just keep the OS on the 1 TB drive and use some sort of Acronis partition utility to gain that extra 960 GB of space that is not being used and add it to the large partition

I hope that I understand your question correctly enough.  Please let me know.


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