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What is the best partitioning method?

By joe.oconnor ·
When installing NT Server or Workstation v4.0, what is the best method of drive partitioning? I usually use an IDE drive and would like to boot to a DOS prompt if NT fails to boot properly.

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by avachon In reply to What is the best partitio ...

Hi, the easiest way to go about this is to first install dos. Then, install either nt workstation or server, ntldr will recognize dos and add it to your boot options (boot.ini file). When loading nt, you will have the option to create partitions ifyou want and then install winnt on the partition of your choice. This is probably easiest, unless you want to create the partitions in dos first (fdisk.exe). Letting NT do it, though, is easy. Once you set up your partitions, nt formats the partition where you install its system files (\winnt). You also can have nt format the other new partitiions, but you can wait till the os loads and format from disk administrator. Since you want to access nt via dos, keep the nt boot partition (\winnt - where the system files are)as the fat file system. Dos cannot read or access ntfs which is nt's secure file system. An IDE drive is fine unless you need the specific benefits of scsi (many drives, one interrupt, etc.). hope this helps.

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by avachon In reply to What is the best partitio ...

For future reference, if you want to change partitioning schemes on the fly, you can use a utility called partition magic (for nt workstation and 9.x) or server magic (specifically for nt server). Details are at http://www.powerquest.com
Server magic is quite expensive, but parititon magic retails for around $65.00 though you can find better prices on the web.

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by marcuseq In reply to What is the best partitio ...

Is there a specific reason why you want to boot to DOS if NT fails to boot properly? If there really isn't... Installing NT and allowing it to partition the drive according to your direction is probably the easiest and best way. In addition, I've always found that the NTFS file stucture has been more stable and efficient in the long run.

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by -Q-240248 In reply to What is the best partitio ...

I would do what Ivachon says, but in this manner: Split your drive into two partitions one DOS boot partition, approximately 2.5 GB, and make the second partition after loading NT over DOS, use disk administrator to create the second partition, NTFS, for the data drive.

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by josalgra1 In reply to What is the best partitio ...

Hey, Call me creasy but I sleep a bit better knowing that if one of the Hard Drives on a server crashes, I still have a change to do some troubleshooting if i am able to acces the boot sector being DOS.

just my two cents!

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by uru_98 In reply to What is the best partitio ...

On Workstations: Where I work, I was making a small partition (5mb) with DOS and the NT boot files. This is useful if for some reason the files are missing or corrupt you can copy them from another computer and overwrite them here making NT bootableagain. We no longer do this because workstations with just one partition feel clean. You don't have to worry about programs attempting to install on the C:, the space is better used and the computer is faster. If there are any problems, just reimagethe computer. The user should not be saving anything to the hard drive anyway. If they loose any information, it is their fault.

On Server: I do not make any DOS partitions. If the drive fails, there is a mirror of it (if the drive has the boot partition on it). The data is on RAID. As simple as that.

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