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I'm trying to learn about seting up an NAS or WHS storage system to backup and save my info on and was wondering if there is a need to partition large drives (1TB and up) into smaller segments?

I will be using 2 - 2TB Samsung F4 5400 drives to start out with for data and a 500GB F3 7200 as an OS drive for the server?

Does it help in storage searching to make partitions say 500GB in size and then use a partition for each other machine that you want to do backup on?
I have 3 desktops and 1 Laptop that I want to have backup for and will probably have an HTPC system sometime later on that will require storage for video media as well.
Or do most of you just use the data drives formatted full size for storage?

I'm also not sure whether to use Win 7 - 64 bit for the OS or use FreeNAS since this is pretty much going to be just a big "file cabinet" for storage but will need to stream media to an HTPC later on? With FreeNAS I understand that I could skip the OS drive and use a USB stick and the CD drive to boot up the system?

Thanks for helping a confused soul.

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I'm trying to learn about seting up an NAS or WHS storage system to backup and save my info on and was wondering if there is a need to partition large drives (1TB and up) into smaller segments?

I will be using 2 - 2TB Samsung F4 5400 drives to start out with for data and a 500GB F3 7200 as an OS drive for the server?

Does it help in storage searching to make partitions say 500GB in size and then use a partition for each other machine that you want to do backup on?
I have 3 desktops and 1 Laptop that I want to have backup for and will probably have an HTPC system sometime later on that will require storage for video media as well.
Or do most of you just use the data drives formatted full size for storage?

I'm also not sure whether to use Win 7 - 64 bit for the OS or use FreeNAS since this is pretty much going to be just a big "file cabinet" for storage but will need to stream media to an HTPC later on? With FreeNAS I understand that I could skip the OS drive and use a USB stick and the CD drive to boot up the system?

Thanks for helping a confused soul.

Bill
Personally i'd just have a folder on the drive. though i would seperate things ie Backups on one drive then any media on the other so people dont accidentally put large files on the backup drive or accidentally delete the backups

You are using same 2TB drives im using in my file servers, make sure to update the firmware on them! http://www.samsung.com/global/busine...bbs_msg_id=386
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Partitioning only helps you organize and access your content. It does not increase seek times unless you short stroke. Short stroke means you make your main partition 100GB and the other 900gb is unpartitioned. This will allow your hard drive to search faster because it only has to look in 100gb of the drive. I have 2x320GB short stroked to 75GB. I am going to redo this now to 300GB now that I have an SSD... but you get the idea.
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It matters to have a small(ish) partition only on the OS drive; the "beginning" of the HDD, the first 15-20% are the fastest. You'd want to have a partition at the beginning of the disk of about 40-50GB where to install the OS. Otherwise there's no advantage if on the storage disk you'd have one 2TB partition or 4x500GB. As long as "indexing" is on the searches should be pretty fast.

About FreeNAS I don't know much since I use WHS v1. In WHS you don't even have to bother with partitions and drive letters, all HDDs are virtualised into a single large pool of storage. If you'd have one 500GB OS drive and one 2TB, you'd see in WHS the 80GB OS partition and the rest of 2.5TB-80GB as a single disk, the D: also called "Drive Extender". In WHS if you'd run out of space you could simply add storage and the pool will include the new disk.
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Well since I screwed up the URL's on that last post, lets try this again !! AARRGGHH

So I guessd something around an 80GB drive would be good for the OS?

How big is the installation of the version 1 server software?

And just so I am clear on this, which of these would be the right one for WHSv1?

Microsoft Windows Home Server System Builder with URP1

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or

Microsoft Windows Home Server W/Power Pack 3


I "assume" that the Server w/Power Pack 3 is the right one to get? I just want to be sure that it is Version 1 and not the version 2.


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With my sig rig I have it setup like this:

2x750gb RAID 0 for my OS drive. (Non-partitioned using all the space available)
5x1.5tb RAID 5 for my storage.
Now I have this partitioned in to 3 partitions. 1. Games. 2. Movies/Music 3. Backup.

Games + Movies/Music are both set for 1tb partitions while the backup partition contains the rest of the available space.

From there I just share out any appropriate folders for other machines on my network to access.
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