which type of partition should i use

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  1. Dark Atheist

    Dark Atheist Moderator Political User Folding Team

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    basic, mbr, dynamic, gpt - its a raid drive will mostly be for storgae - will have a web site and ftp on it, and will burn dvds as and when i need to of backups of other pcs

    windows 2003 standard server striped 4+0 raid0 array
     
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    ming OSNN Advanced

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    how many drives do you have?
     
  3. Dark Atheist

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    4 in the array
     
  4. Geffy

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    how big is the array?

    If its >2TB you'll have to use GPT as MBR won't be able to handle it. Otherwise any of them would probably be fine. Not sure what the diff is between the "basic" and "dynamic" options though.
     
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    614GB roughly
     
  6. fitz

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    First.. a clarification.. you're not picking one option, you're picking two.

    A MBR disk can be setup in windows as both a basic and dynamic disk.
    A GPT disk can be setup in Windows as both a basic and dynamic disk.

    So, first, Dynamic vs Basic.. personally I generally stick with basic disks as I don't care much for dynamic disk. Yes, you can do some neat stuff with dynamic disks (mount points, spanned volumes, etc..) and if you are using a software/Windows RAID, your only option is dynamic disk.
    Again, I still prefer basic disk.. just be aware that while it is easy to convert from basic to dynamic, there is no easy way to convert from dynamic to basic.

    The MBR vs GPT debate is a newer debate as GPT is newer on the windows side (since 2003 SP1 I believe). Personally, I've never had the need for GPT - haven't had to create partitions greater that 2TB or more than 4 primary partitions. If you are doing any microsoft clustering, don't use GPT disks.

    from a performance, i don't think there is much difference between them (all other things being equal).
     
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  7. anoclon

    anoclon OSNN One Post Wonder

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    If I use windows 2003 spanned disk I can have >2TB partition in a MBR right?
     
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  8. Geffy

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    No idea how Windows Disk Spanning works

    if its a just the combining within Windows of two <2TB disks, C:\ and D:\ for example then sure MBR will work because the real volume size is not >2TB. If its a real combination ie C:\ or D:\ then you'll need to use GPT to use the full space
     
  9. anoclon

    anoclon OSNN One Post Wonder

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    It´s like concatenating two or more 2TB logical units in order to have 1 single and greater than 2TB drive "D"
     
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    Looks like Disk Spanning is the answer to using >2TB arrays in XP 32-bit and Windows 2K, GPT is probably recommended where available. Assuming you can boot it normally then all would be fine.
     
  11. Dark Atheist

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    have 1.1tb now so i guess spanning might be the option on that too