Recommendations for Partitions Larger Than 2TB ?

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by E-Double, Apr 9, 2010.

  1. E-Double

    E-Double Guest

    What are the options and recommendations when a Windows 2003 server needs a
    partition larger than 2 TB (ie the D:\ drive and not the system drive). It
    appears that moving to Dynamic Disks has some considerations and drawbacks,
    so I was wondering of there were any other alternatives or preferred routes.
    The physical disk in the machine is a 3 TB RAID5 partition with 30 GB used
    for the C:\ drive or system drive. We would like to use the remaining space
    to create a ~2.8 TB D: drive. TIA ...

    E-Double, Apr 9, 2010
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  2. The "C" drive should not even be in the same RAID Set. Creating Partitions
    is almost a waste of time (with some exceptions).

    The "C" drive should be a completely separate Array. Perferably RAID1 with a
    pair of average sized drives. It does not need to be huge drives, just
    needs to be high quality dependable drives.

    Create a second Array of RAID5 with 3 or more Disks,...these can be huge if
    you like. Let the partition take up the whole Logical Drive unless you have
    a very specific reason to do otherwise (and I cannot think of very many
    reasons). The biggest reason that comes to mind for partitions here would
    be if certain users pack their shares full and never "house
    clean",...separating them with a partition keeps them from filling the
    entire Volume and running everyone else out of space along with themselves.

    Phillip Windell

    The views expressed, are my own and not those of my employer, or Microsoft,
    or anyone else associated with me, including my cats.
    Phillip Windell, Apr 9, 2010
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  3. E-Double

    E-Double Guest

    p.s. Does Windows Server Standard x64 have the 2GB partition limit too ?
    E-Double, Apr 9, 2010
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