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is there a maximum recommended size for a  NTFS partition on a windows 2008 sbs ?

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is there a maximum recommended size for a  NTFS partition on a windows 2008 sbs ?  Im just wondering how big of a partition to create for users data?  any pointers would be appreciated.
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resolver1,

Depending upon you config. you probably want to give the user partition all that you have available. I cannot imagine that you have too much hard drive space.

You may or may not control quotas but user data is where it is at.

How much room do you have available?

Ken
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The upper size limit on an NTFS partition is 2tb. While you may never reach that if you need to have a disk larger than 2tb you need to begin using GPT (GUID partition table).
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Actually I think the more serious question is how much space to leave for C:? If you have the room and I suspect you do, I would be sure to leave at least 100Gb for C:.

Your antivirus and backup solutions can go a long way toward using up that 100.

Good luck,
Ken
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How many users and what kind  of data ?


You can always add more drives/ partitions as needed, so it should not be an issue.

Is there any data storage ( SQL/ Exchange ) etc, that amy be a concern ?

I hope this helps !
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CAD files, Word documents, Pictures, Excel, pdfs, folder redirection files.  We have 40 odd users. i dont want to create a partition that is to big.  I'm not sure what reduces efficiency's of the partition and what are good practices.  
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NTFS is very efficient, so there is no "too BIg" in general. It adapts based on actual usage. SO choosing a size is not an issue.

The only recommendation I have is to insure that you do not keep millions of small files in one single directory.

I hope this helps !
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by:Joseph Daly
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I would agree there really isnt a too big that you will reach. We have a few file servers using local raid 5 storage that are around 1.7tb in size. These hold the majority of our user files/folders and we have not had any issues at all.
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thanks for your answers guys.  you've put things into perspective for me.
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