Wednesday, June 23, 2004
Usually, I couldn’t care less about partitions and how people choose to organize their hard drives. Dell, however, is starting to piss me off. I ordered a new 1U rack-mount server with Windows Server 2003. Very top-of-the-line with a Serial ATA RAID 0 primary hard drive array. Dell decides to give me a 12GB partition as the C:\ drive, and make the rest D:. Windows loves to place things in the C:\ drive, so limiting the system to 12GB is just plain stupid—never mind that I’m going to hook up an external RAID for storage, effectively making the D:\ drive pointless. To make things worse, Windows is notorious for not allowing you to resize partitions on the fly. Therefore, I have two choices. I can repartition using an application such as Partition Magic, or I can reformat the system and reinstall everything. Either way, I will end up spending hours fixing Dell’s short-sighted installation. The upside is that, if I reformat, I can ensure that the installation is exactly what I want and not necessarily what Dell thinks I want.
» Posted by Queue at 11:40 AM (ET)
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