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  • Server 2003 Hard drive Config Help Needed

    I need to setup a Server with 2 80GB harddrives using Software Raid.

    Please let me know what the best solution would be for partitioning and Page File.

    2 GB memory

    Here are my ideas,

    10 GB System - Mirror
    48 GB Data - Mirror
    6 GB Swap - Simple on 2nd drive
    16GB Unallocated

    Would it be dumb to create a 6 GB Swap partition on 2nd drive because the mirro will write to both drievs anyway ?

    Other idea

    10 GB System - Simple
    96 GB Data - Raid 0
    6 GB Swap - Simple 2nd drive
    16 GB unallocated

    What ideas do you guys have, this will be for a High performance server with large data.

    Please post your thoughts.

    Yes there will be a backup solution in place also.

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    Re: Server 2003 Hard drive Config Help Needed

    Originally posted by rcarter1977
    What ideas do you guys have, this will be for a High performance server with large data.

    With this comment i am presuming that you will be storing large amounts of data.

    What is your projection for the amount of space you will need as 80GB will fill rather quickly.

    I've used ove the past month 120GB of storage on one of our servers at work.

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    • #3
      Re: Server 2003 Hard drive Config Help Needed

      Actually they are going to be 120GB drives, just need to know how to peroperly partition and config them for performance.

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      • #4
        Re: Server 2003 Hard drive Config Help Needed

        For performance you should use striping or RAID 0. This will give you better performance than Mirroring.

        Please remember though that you have zero fault tolerance using this system.

        As for partitioningthen i would have a 20GB-40GB system partition and the rest as a single partition for data storage.

        Again though that is just me others will have different ideas.

        Pagefile

        Personally i would set my pagefile to be 1GB.

        *EDIT*

        I meant to add a link to this site. It will help explain the different RAID levels and hopefully help you make up your mind..

        RAID

        This should help with the pagefile optimization

        Pagefile Optimization
        Last edited by wullieb1; 28th February 2006, 18:55.

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