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Posted - 05/24/2011 :  18:37:35  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've done many SQL server installs for multiple different versions but this has me stumped. We're on Windows Server 2008 Enterprise and installing SQL Server 2005 Std on it.

I have the local volume partitioned to a C and E drive. I have twice now done the install (after uninstalling) and each time it installs everything on the C drive when I clearly have set it to the E drive under the Advanced options before starting the install.

Has anyone else experienced this? Very odd. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Posted - 05/24/2011 :  22:04:39  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Well, first of all - I would not recommend installing the binaries on the E:\ drive. I would recommend using the default location for the binaries, especially since there are components of the installation that will install on the C:\ drive no matter what you do.

Second, where are you actually changing the drive under Advanced? There are several levels...

When I setup SQL Server, I install binaries on the C:\ drive and change the data files location to my SAN or Data drive. This is done on the Advanced page, open up the database section and select data files. I change the location here - just specifying the drive letter. After the installation is complete, I then have on the SAN or data drive the following: E:\MSSQL.n\MSSQL\...

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Posted - 05/25/2011 :  04:47:11  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Theck the comment "Install SQL 2008 x64 to different volume than C:\" on this msdn article, it's for SQL 2008 R2 but I assume it works the same way for 2005 as well:

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Posted - 07/04/2013 :  12:22:31  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
any solution for 32 bits?

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