windows server disk planning?

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  1. s2k

    s2k OT Supporter

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    im looking to build a home server running server 2003 mainly for raid backups and fileserving

    how should i raid and partition it?

    i have (4) 500GB SATA hdds, and one 400GB IDE hdd

    should i raid the 500GB hdds and install OS on the 400GB?

    or?
     
  2. 5Gen_Prelude

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    My preference is to RAID1 the OS and RAID 5 everything else.

    However, if the OS has NO other programs on it, not a sole DC, then you can get away with not RAIDing it as it's pretty easy to restore it (image the drive when you've got the drivers installed).
     
  3. Chris

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    yeah, just OS on the 400 and RAID 5 everything else. Then just have the the OS do a backup weekly or whatever onto the RAID array.
     
  4. deusexaethera

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    This doesn't sound like a high-load server. RAID5 the whole thing, so you get the maximum disk space you can, partition the RAID with maybe 50GB for the OS and the rest for data, and find something else to do with the IDE drive.
     
  5. DigiCrime

    DigiCrime If Only!

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    I prefer raid1 for one single reason. If a disk dies you have one left that is working regardless. I hate raid5 unless I need it for performance reasons and more disk space
     
  6. notladstyle

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    raid1/0 the 4 500gbs = 1TB redundant

    install OS on the 400GB = throw away drive

    you never want your OS on the raid for a home server. The OS drive is almost never inactive.
     
  7. 5Gen_Prelude

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    Yeah I don't get why you'd ever put your OS on the same array as the data - just seems stupid.
     

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