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Best Practices for Drive-Letter Assignments on a Server Cluster
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This article describes best practices for assigning drive letters to disks on the shared bus on a server cluster.
When a Host Bus Adapter (HBA) driver is loaded and its bus is enumerated, Windows detects and sequentially assigns the first available drive letters to all disks that contain a valid file system. When you configure the shared disk on a server cluster, it is a good idea to assign drive letters statically to the disks on the shared bus. The drive letters should not start with the next available letter. Instead, leave several free drive letters between the local disks and the shared disks. For example, start with drive Q as the quorum disk and then use drives R and S for the data disks. Another method is to start with drive Z as the quorum disk and then work backward through the alphabet with drives X and Y as data disks. Additionally, you might want to consider labeling the drives in case the drive letters are lost. Using labels makes it easier to determine what the drive letter was. For example, a drive label of "DriveR" makes it easy to determine that this drive was drive letter R.
It is a good idea to set static drive letters for the disk on the shared bus and leave free letters between the local disk and the shared disk because: