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We're creating a Win2008R2 server for use with SQL.  We need 4 drives in total. Is it better to create 4 individual drives or 1 single drive and divide it up in Windows disk manager?
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Subhashish Laha earned 2000 total points
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I would suggest 4 individual drives so that data split on separate drives. I am assuming you're talking about creating separate vmdk files of each drive.

If you're implementing RAID then 1 single drive RAID 10 will be the best choice.
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The server is already set up in RAID 10. It's na existing ESX server.
Yes, separate VMDK instead of 1 VMDK and splitting the drives in Windows.
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Use different virtual disks, (vmdks) not partitions.

It's easier in the future, to increase storage space.

Partitions are old fashioned!

In the future you could also *MOVE* the Db and Logs disk to faster storage than the OS, if available.
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