Formatting Hard Disk Using Windows Server 2003
Formatting hard disk using windows server 2003
The formatting options provided by Windows 2003 Server are 'Quick' formatting and regular formatting for NTFS file system and FAT file system. The 'Quick' formatting partitions the disk 25 times faster than the regular formatting. The 'Quick' format option performs a high-level format of a disk. For Windows Server 2003, NTFS file system is recommended, as it is less likely to become corrupt. It also recognizes errors and bad sectors of a hard drive. If any one of the above problems arises, the file system repairs itself automatically. Moreover, NTFS has better security, disk compression and encryption capabilities.
The recommended disk space for Windows Server 2003 is 4GB and it should be empty. You will need to configure a partition of minimum 3 GB with unallocated space of at least 1 GB. To create a 3 GB partition you will enter 3072 in the Create Partition of Size (In MB) text box.
Format the partition using the NTFS file system <Quick> - Enables you to Quick format the partition using the NTFS file system.
Format the partition using the FAT file system <Quick> - Enables you to Quick format the partition using the FAT file system.
Format the partition using the NTFS file system - Enables you to perform normal formatting of the partition using the NTFS file system.
Format the partition using the FAT file system - Enables you to perform normal formatting of the partition using the FAT file system.
Opt for the Format partition option using NTFS file system and press Enter.
When the computer restarts, the Press any key to boot from CD message is displayed. Do not press any key because the Setup will restart if you press any key.
Windows Server 2003 automatically restarts the computer after formatting the partition. It checks the disk space and copies the installation files to the hard disk.
Setup initializes the Windows configuration and then displays a screen with a red status bar that count down for 15 seconds before the computer restarts and enters the GUI mode phase of the installation process. Windows Setup launches and produces a graphical user interface that tracks the progress of installation in the left pane. The Collecting Information, Dynamic Update and Preparing Installation options are selected, indicating these steps have been completed. Collecting Information was completed before the GUI appeared and Dynamic Update is not used when starting from the CD.