I have a file server that is being upgraded so as to be the only server on a network (consolidate and retire). It is an HP ProLiant 2-3 years old. Has 2GB RAM is going to 4GB RAM. Has 4 Hard drives in a RAID 5. Two partitions. Primary - C: W2k OS, presently 20GB, . Extended - F: client data.1.4TB
I am doing a full backup of both C: & F: drives which is about 85GB of data tonight.
Tomorrow I am installing Windows 2008 Standard 32-bit in the C: drive. MS says MIN hard space 10GB but likes 40GB.
Should I wipe out entire RAID 5 and create 2 new partitions, primary 50-100GB and extended with the remainder. The client only has at most 100GB of data on the present 1.4TB partition.
Or can I get away and install in the 20GB partition? Obviously this way is the short cut, but if this is enough for a 8 user insurance company that does most of their work on the internet?
And where would I then put the swap file? Either way it would end up on a RAID 5 which I know to be a no-no. But this is what I got to work with. I was led to believe (shame on me) that it had a mirrored set for the OS and RAID 5 for the client data. Not the case sadly.
You could also just install Windows 2008 on the 20GB and extend hte partition from the Disk manger afterwards.
It would save on time as well.
How to extend the boot partition in Windows Server 2008
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