Best Practices for Preparing Disks When you prepare a disk for partitioning, it is recommended that you back up
your data and format your volumes with the NTFS file system.
Because deleting or creating partitions or volumes destroys any existing data,
be sure to back up the disk contents beforehand. As with any major change to
disk contents, it is recommended that you back up the entire contents of the
hard disk before working with partitions or volumes, even if you do not plan to
make changes to any of the partitions or volumes.
Many features in the Windows Server 2003 family of operating systems, such
as file and folder permissions, encryption, large volume support, and sparse file
management, require the NTFS file system format. Be prepared by formatting
your volumes by using the NTFS file system.
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