After Operating System setup, the remaining disk space should be partitioned and formatted. On recent, NT-based systems (Windows 2003 Server, Windows XP) this can be scripted with the diskpart command that can take input from a text file. The diskpart command does not format, so format statements need to be added separately.
A discussion on why we have chosen these partitions is included in the page about file management and file access permissions.
REM CREATE PARTITIONS described in newPartitions.txt diskpart /s newPartitions.txt REM FORMATTING AND LABELING THE PARTITIONS echo Y|format d: /fs:ntfs /V:applications echo Y|format e: /fs:ntfs /V:distribution echo Y|format f: /fs:ntfs /V:data
The following text file describes which partitions to create. First, the CD-ROM station gets assigned a higher drive letter (G:) so that the hard disk partitions can get consecutive drive letters. Then 2 partitions are created with a given size, and a 3th partition with the remaining space. We indicate that those partitions are primary partitions, but it is equally possible to create extended partitions and logical volumes. See Microsoft Technet : Diskpart Command-line Options.
select volume 0 assign letter g select disk 0DiskPart Command-Line Optionshttp://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc766465%28v=ws.10%29.aspx create partition primary size=2548 assign letter d create partition primary size=2548 assign letter e create partition primary assign letter f