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    In my shop setting up a Dell 8200 ( Service Tag G7VWZ01) with clean 160 GB hard drive for Win 2K pro install. Want to partition the drive and format for W2K. Should the drive be partitioned and formatted first or install the OS and then partition. Suggestions and pointers please.

    Another question is, will 512mb memory be near enough or should I look for more, Have room for two matched sticks of 256gb OR 512gb. Thanks for pointers to a better way.

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    More memory would make for a far more responsive system, not that you couldn't get by in Windows 2000 with the 512. More memory is always better than less.
    You will be given the option upon install of W2K to format the drive to NTFS, and if I'm not mistaken, you may also be able to set up your partitions at this time as well.
    Partitions can also be set up afterward without any issue whatsoever.

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    You would be better off saving for a new computer. The 8200 uses obsolete memory RDRAM that is very expensive and hard to get. I would not spend anything on this model. You could actually buy a new computer for what you would need to spend for rdram memory!
    PS you should not post your service tag in any public forum. That is personal info you should not share. Edit your post to remove it.

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