How good or bad would the following scenario be:
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.
Thanks in advance!