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Exchange 2003 running out of disk space

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Scenario:
 I have a physical Exchange 2003 box XEON 3.00 GHZ with 4G of memory.  
C: OS Drive  = 27GB. with 2.65G free
E: = DATA Drive 245G with 10G free  
F: Log Files Drive 68.2G with 66.7GB Free

I just started with this company approx 2 months ago.  As their Exchange Admin, here are my findings of our Exchange Server.  As you can see i am running out of disk space for my data drive E:.  Due to company policy i cannot delete (YET) terminated employees mailboxes and i have approx 20GB's worth of terminated employees mailbox.  Also I only have 1 mailbox Store.

I also have 4 clustered VMWare ESX 4.1 VSphere servers.  With enough resource to virtualize exchange.  But with Exchange 2010, i am trying to decide the best approach to upgrading and fixing my current state.  So my questions have multiple parts.  

Preferred Solution:
1.  Can Exchange 2003 and Exchange 2010 Co-Exist using the same domain?
2.  Can Exchang 2003 and Exchange 2007 Co-Exist in the same domain?
3.  If the answer to Question 1 is Yes, dont answer Question #2
4.  If the answer to Question #1 is NO but answer to Question #2 is yes, if i buy Exchange 2010, i do have rights to install 2007 yes?  then upgrade 2003 to 2007, then do it again from 2007 to 2010?

I can virturalize Exchange and give it more disk space.  Since i only have 1 mailbox store, i can create another mailbox store for my terminated employees, but i need drive space.

Temporary Fix
1.  is it OK to map to a shared drive from another server and create a mailbox store there and put all my terminated employees to that store?  since most likely, these mailboxes will not be viewed.  Only when needed and probably only 1 mailbox at a time?
2.  If that is not adviceable, or will it be better if i connect a USB drive on the exchange server itself, can i create the terminated employee store there?
3.  Or can i put the terminated employee store to the F: drive and put its log files on the E: drive the reverse of the primary store?

       
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