Install Windows Server 2012 On Same Drive As Win8.1 Pro

I currently have a 2 TB drive c with OS Windows 8.1 Pro installed. I'd like to consider installing Windows Server 2012 on that same drive but retaining Windows 8 files on drive C. There's over 1.4 TB remaining on drive c, not being used.

Will installing Windows Server 2012 allow me to partition drive c to allocate enough space for the installation but leave all those files of Win8 alone, in case I want to return to Win8? Or could they be destroyed. I'd rather not back them up. Consisder this an acedemic question.

And I understand, the best way is to buy another drive and install Windows Server 2012 on it, which I may do. But I'd still like to have the opinions of the experts here on this specific question.
Grover McBroomAsked:
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Neil RussellTechnical Development LeadCommented:
Have you considered upgrading to windows 8.1 and using its advanced hyper V feature to run 2012 as a virtual machine?
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
That or use VMware Workstation. Hyper-V may be faster but I still think VMware Workstation is more flexible. I use Workstation and run any machine I want on my Windows 8.1 Pro Host machine. Works just fine.

Virtualization of some sort is a better answer for this situation.
Neil RussellTechnical Development LeadCommented:
And sorry, I note you already are on 8.1 pro so no upgrade needed just install the Hyper-v feature.
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Dan CraciunIT ConsultantCommented:
If you don't want to use virtualization, partition your drive and install Server 2012 on the second partition.

Grover McBroomAuthor Commented:
Okay, that sounds very promising and exciting. I took some time looking around, then installed Hyper V. I also took some time to find help on the next step on the net, but could find none that was much help.

(1) I'm read to create my Virtual Switch. We have a small network but of course, want to run Windows Server to the general public on a news site. What type of switch would be best for this if my machine will be the only machine from which anyone will access the server locally on our network, External, Internal, or Private?

(2) Once that has been done, do I just go out and download the evaluation Windows Server 2012 R2 onto my Win8.1 drive C? Finding the next step for this process seems pretty elusive so far.
Grover McBroomAuthor Commented:
Dan - Hyper V sound very interesting. If I did select Hyper V, would I also need to re-partition (shrink) my hard drive to place Server 2012 on it, or should I hold off until I see if I can set up Hyper V correctly first? I want to shrink but not if I don't need to for Hyper V. I guess I'm asking if shrinking and placing Server 2012 on that new partition would preclude me from using Windows Server in a shared Hyper V environment? Anyone?
Neil RussellTechnical Development LeadCommented:
Hyper-v does Not require you to repartition at all no.

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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Any good virtualization application will not require partitioning but rather treat the machine as a big file on disk.
Grover McBroomAuthor Commented:
Thanks for all the suggestions. Guess it's time to download Server 2012 and will try Hyper V. I may need help.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
@Grover McBroom  - You are very welcome. Enjoy virtualization - it works well.
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