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Dell server - hard drive partition recommendation

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Hi,

I just ordered a Dell server for a client and it was configured with
2 300GB drives in RAID 1
4 600GB drives in RAID 5

However Dell have partitioned the RAID 1 drive as two partitions, a C drive as 40GB and the other 260GB as D drive (So the raid 5 is all on the E drive)

Already there is only 8GB free on the C drive. From experience I've had the occasional issue which has eaten up space on the C Drive and I would rather have more.

So I'm thinking I will just delete the D drive partition. Expand the C partition to take up the remaining space. And then re-label the E drive to the D drive.

But before I do this I just wanted opinions. Is there a good valid reason to keep the drive congigured as Dell did, or perhaps just configure to the C drive to have additional say, 100GB, but still keep a separate partition on the RAID1 drive?

Any opinions?


Thanks in advance.
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It depends on what you want your server to do. Dell probably shipped it that way so that a standard server with only a single RAID1 partition could have a C:\ drive for OS files, and a D:\ drive for data, to help facilitate backing up the data separate from the OS.

In your case I think you probably are going to put your client data on the RAID5 (E:\ drive). So I don't see any reason to keep the RAID1 split into two partitions.

And I wholeheartedly agree that 40gb is not enough for a sustainable Windows Server 2008 installation. All too many times I have had my C:\ drive balloon into the 100+gb range all on its own because of thinks like Volume Shadow Copy services (the C:\system volume information folder growing wildly), temp files, winsxs etc.
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OK I've done it. I deleted the original D drive and expanded C so now uses the 300GB. Only took a few moments.
This is this a better solution.
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The size of the OS partition is a selectable option during the order.  You can set it at 20, 40, 80, or the entire drive, so there is no reason to keep your original choice, if you have now decided that it would be better as something else (or if you did not configure it before).  With Server 2008 and newer, as you have found out, changing these sizes is very easy.

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Many thanks
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