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    I apologize for the potentially dumb question, but it's the one small question that I can't seem to find in the install guides.

    I am doing a fresh install of Windows Server 2003 R2 on a machine with an existing OS (Windows 2000, I believe) and a non-partitioned drive. I plan on creating a new partition for the Server install (we'll call it Partition A), and all the remaining information will be left in it's existing location (we'll call it Partition B)

    Question: Once the new OS is installed on Partition A, can I reformat Partition B, without effecting or otherwise fubar-ing my new OS install on Partition A?


    Thanks in advance.
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    Re: Fresh install / partition formatting

    Yes you can. You can format partition B without affecting Partition A.

    When installing W2K03 you have the option to format all drives and re-create new partitions i.e You may want to increase the size of Partition Aor split Partition B into B and C. This is all part of the W2K03 setup.

    Hope this helps

    Michael
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    • #3
      Re: Fresh install / partition formatting

      Originally posted by m80arm View Post
      Yes you can. You can format partition B without affecting Partition A.

      When installing W2K03 you have the option to format all drives and re-create new partitions i.e You may want to increase the size of Partition Aor split Partition B into B and C. This is all part of the W2K03 setup.

      Hope this helps

      Michael
      It does. Thank you.

      Just wondering, what would be an an appropriate partition size?
      Last edited by Norcross; 10th September 2007, 16:11. Reason: additional question
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      HP m7470n Media Center PC: Windows XP Pro Media Center 2005 / AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 4200+ 2.19 ghz / 2 gb RAM
      Toshiba Satellite M35 Special Edition: Windows XP Pro SP2 / Intel Pentium M 1.70 ghz / 1 gb RAM
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