raid exchange 2003 backup query

hi i have purchased a dell poweredge 1960 with raid 1 which i am in the process of configuring.

i only have 2 x 72 gb hdd's which is ok for what i need

question 1.

i was thinking about configuring raid 1 for only 50gb on both 2 x hdd's, leaving me with 20gb of space to put my backup on as a temporary measure as not sure what else may require a separate partition although my idea does not make sense because it want then be part of my raid..!!  can anyone advise before i go ahead and re-install win 2003   ?

note: eventually i will upgrade to win 2008 or 2012 but for the time being started with win 2003 as im more familiar.
mikey250Asked:
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Dirk MareSystems Engineer (Acting IT Manager)Commented:
do you want to create a software raid or hardware raid?

Why not just setup raid on both disk and then just create an 50Gb partition. By doing this you will have both 50Gb and 20Gb partitions in your raid.

And you can the easily expand your 50Gb partition when needed.
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mikey250Author Commented:
hi i have a dell poweredge 1950 with a (perc) which is already setup for hardware raid 1, using my full 72gb hdd and the 2nd hdd the exact same, but this is where i have come to a hault realising i wish to have a separate partition for backup..!

question 1.

so presumably i should leave my raid 1 for the full 72gb and then do the following below although that does not make sense either  ?


install win 2003 as normal and create 2 partitions ie:

partition 1 - 50 gb
partition 2 - 20gb
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Dirk MareSystems Engineer (Acting IT Manager)Commented:
Your second option. create raid and during installation create your partition.
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mikey250Author Commented:
please confirm your response as i repeat edited last comments, but upto date now ?

so are you saying:

question 1.

so presumably i should leave my raid 1 for the full 72gb and then do the following below although that does not make sense either  ?


install win 2003 as normal and create 2 partitions ie:

partition 1 - 50 gb
partition 2 - 20gb
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Dirk MareSystems Engineer (Acting IT Manager)Commented:
Yes, Option 1


Create Raid in Raid BIOS

Install windows as normal but create 2 partitions
Partition 1, 50Gb
Partition 2, the rest (approximately 20Gb)

Install server 2003 on partition1 (50Gb)
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mikey250Author Commented:
ok i have done that now, but did not think if i created raid 1 in bios via ctrl-r for the full 72gb, it would then allow me to create 2 separate partitions.

thanks appreciated.
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Dirk MareSystems Engineer (Acting IT Manager)Commented:
No Problem
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mikey250Author Commented:
hi again, just out of curiousity, when people setup raid, would they also use some other 3rd party backup if running either a master dc or exchange or a file server ?
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Dirk MareSystems Engineer (Acting IT Manager)Commented:
I should hope so, Raid only helps on disk I/O and for redundancy.. Meaning if one drive fails out of the the 2, then when you replace the other drive you can rebuild the raid without data loss.

Raid cant help you if your server gets stolen or natural disaster hits..

You always need a working backup, whether its 3rd party or windows built in application (ntbackup) in my personal opinion some thing is better than nothing
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KwoofCommented:
drive space is so inexpensive these days...I would put in another drive to be the backup that is separate from the actual systems drives...even mirrored.

I had a system similar in the past, and something failed in the controller causing the raid to duplicate a corruption causing both drives to be bad, and then it was difficult to access the second partition to recover the backup.

Since then I have always used a separate drive or NAS to store a backup.
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mikey250Author Commented:
hi kwoof, thanks for that!!
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mikey250Author Commented:
sound advice!! appreciated.
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