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WHS Hard Drive Configuration

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I am reasonably familiar with WHS (2008) but would like to try and clarify something regarding (internal) hard drives.

My current system is in need of a system drive replacement very soon. I have read that it is best to use the "largest drive you can afford" (up to 2TB, I believe) but also know that the WHS reinstall process will partition the system drive into two (I think) parts being 20GB for the O/S and the remaining as a Data drive. Hopefully all this is correct so far.

My problem? I also understand that WHS will use the DATA partition to maintain its management of files and that - in a multi drive system it will place user data and backups on 2nd, 3rd (etc) drives. SO - why purchase a large drive as a system drive? If  WHS tries to push data to subsequent HDDs as it stores and manages the info, having a large system drive such as 2TB would not be desirable but would seemto be better, instead, as added storage and not as a system drive.

Bottom line...
Should I install a 500GB HDD or push it and go for a 2TB HDD?
I do not want to be in a position of reinstalling the O/S next time for a replacement system disk and lose data.
(ps the current system config is 500GB (sys) + 2000GB (userdata) + 2000GB (userdata) - internal HDDs)

Hope this makes enough sense to someone!

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