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Wow thats a lot of HD space

AridholAridhol Daddliest CatchRegistered User regular
edited September 2007 in Help / Advice Forum
My goal: I want to run linux again. I had a linux machine for 5 years but it died and I put windows on the replacement box.

The problem: I have 1.8 Terrabytes of space and 1.5TB of files taking up that space. It is in NTFS. I need a solution to run a windows machine (for games) and a linux machine (for general use)


Solutions:
a) Burn a crapload of dvd's and then put it back on the drives once linux is installed
b) Buy a NAS box and put all the drives I can in there so that it's platform/computer independant
c) screw it, just deal with windows.


I'd like some recommendations of NAS hardware that is not too expensive but supports at least 4 SATA/IDE drives and has gigabit networking and good management.
Also has anyone had to deal with switching to linux with a tonne of crap in windows filesystems that linux doesn't handle well (NTFS still has issues).



tldr: need to switch to linux, shitload of HD space filled and in NTFS, what do I do.

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    RaereRaere Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Do you want to dual-boot, or do you want to reformat and just run Linux again? Either way, take the 300GB of free space, and make a new partition for Linux. Make it as big as you think you'll need it. NTFS can be read, and I think written too since kernel 2.6. There's a bunch of userspace drivers as well that'll definetely let you do all that stuff.

    tl;dr - Make a Linux partition out of the free space, you can still access the NTFS partiton from Linux using either the native kernel support or a 3rd-party solution.

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    UkraineTrainUkraineTrain Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Aridhol wrote: »
    My goal: I want to run linux again. I had a linux machine for 5 years but it died and I put windows on the replacement box.

    The problem: I have 1.8 Terrabytes of space and 1.5TB of files taking up that space. It is in NTFS. I need a solution to run a windows machine (for games) and a linux machine (for general use)


    Solutions:
    a) Burn a crapload of dvd's and then put it back on the drives once linux is installed
    b) Buy a NAS box and put all the drives I can in there so that it's platform/computer independant
    c) screw it, just deal with windows.


    I'd like some recommendations of NAS hardware that is not too expensive but supports at least 4 SATA/IDE drives and has gigabit networking and good management.
    Also has anyone had to deal with switching to linux with a tonne of crap in windows filesystems that linux doesn't handle well (NTFS still has issues).



    tldr: need to switch to linux, shitload of HD space filled and in NTFS, what do I do.

    Thats alot of porno.

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    AridholAridhol Daddliest Catch Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    NTFS is still unreliable for writing with the latest kernel. I would like one machine that is exclusively linux.

    My 2 machines are a p4 3ghz w/ 2gb ram and a intel core duo 2 with 4gb ram. I'd like the p4 to be my linux machine.

    I guess my actual question would be:

    Is NAS a valid alternative for media playback and burning over a GB network and if so what is a good product? What do the people here use?

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    MKRMKR Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    I've found that running cygwin, a hacked uxtheme.dll, and a good fake-gnome theme make a suitable get-by solution when running Linux would cause a lot of hassle.

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    GoetterdaemmerungGoetterdaemmerung Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    If you're wondering how to turn your *single* 1.8TB NTFS partition into a 1.6TB NTFS parition and a 200GB linux/ext3/whatever partition, the obvious answer is to resize it. Back in the day when linux had an as-of-then uncertain worth as a desktop operating system, Partition Master was the tool to use (and hope that it didn't screw up all the partitions, which it sometimes did). Now (in the day that linux is clearly not meant as a desktop operating system :)), PartitionMagic has either been improved so that it doesn't accidentally break things, or there's a better replacement. Look it up.


    Also, linux has zero issues with reading NTFS, and I assume your 1.5TB of data is basically data that gets "read" (watched -_-) and not written.

    By the way, lol @ "terrabytes"

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