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Hello,

I'm looking for the best practice when installing SQL server 2008 - should the default instance path be different from the system drive?  I have a mirrored system drive along with a mirrored data drive.  Should I put it on the mirrored data drive?

Any other best practices I should follow?  Potential gotchas?

Thanks for your time.
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>> should the default instance path be different from the system drive?

Not necessarily. You can move the user databases as required. Installation can reside in the system path itself.

>> I have a mirrored system drive along with a mirrored data drive.  Should I put it on the mirrored data drive?

Installation can reside in System drive and user databases in data drive.

I would suggest you to follow the approaches below:

1. Instance Installation in C:\ or system disk
2. Move all User databases primary file ( MDF) to separate disk.
3. Move all user databases Log file (LDF) to another disk if available.
4. Move tempdb to another disk if available.

Kindly note that it was physical disk / drives and not the partitions in your machine.
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