Replacing system hard drive (physical) RRS feed

  • Question

  • For clarity - does someone know exactly what is located on the system hard drive and thus would be lost in case of a drive failure?

    Say I have a large drive (1.5Tb): The C:/ partition is clearly toast as it contains the system. Is the rest of the disc is used (as a separate partition) used for data or wasted?

    If so, would it make sense to purpously have a smaller system drive (say 200gb) to avoid loosing data in case it fails (as it seems the system HD is the most likely to go, based on what I can see in the forum.

    Finally, I understand the replace procedure is to extract the faulty drive, install a new one in its place and then boot from the install DVD to RE-install (as a "new" install would wipe the data?!) is that correct?


    Tuesday, July 7, 2009 6:24 PM


  • Searching the forums for e.g. replace system drive returns a number of useful results. This FAQ, for example, is still basically correct (except about the size of the system partition). And this one describes the basic reinstallation process (somewhat sketchily, but still useful).
    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
    Tuesday, July 7, 2009 7:57 PM