Server 2008 / RAID configuration advice
Posted on 2013-01-10
Looking for good advice on partitioning and reasons behind any suggestions please.
Installing MS Server Standard 2008 R2 64 bit OS on a new Dell PE R720 server. It currently has (7) 1TB drives, none configured on a PERC H710 RAID controller. The device primarily will be a file server and host to Backup Exec and a media library.
The thought is RAID 1 for the OS on a 40GB or 60GB partition first, and division of the remainder potentially twice for Program Files and an additional partition for data easily excluded from backups; i.e. copies of CD or other data easily replaced. 1GB drives are larger than needed but having been dealt this hand this seems a reasonable way to go.
The remaining (5) drives would be used in a RAID 5 array. If the controller supports it (anyone verify?), the idea of 4 drives with one fail-over spare is appealing. I anticipate single partition use for this array though I've noted recommendations to split as well.
Best practices? Thoughts please?