[SOLVED] Choosing the right file types for external HDD partitions
I just ordered an external 750 GB hdd and I'm trying to figure out the best setup for it.
The purpose of this drive: 1, be a backup for my machines and 2, be a place to unite and manage my music collection.
From what I've read on this topic, I'm looking at making 3 partitions and using ext2 (or ext3) for backing up the Linux box, NTFS for backing up the Win box, and FAT32 for the music collection. The music partition will be accessed and modified frequently, and will also be used to upload to my iPod.
One thing that I'm really confused about is that I've come across quite a few posts about Linux not getting along with NTFS, people asking how to read NTFS with Linux, can it be done, etc. When I was dual booting Vista and Ubuntu Gutsy, I had absolutely no trouble browsing all the Vista files from Gutsy. The Vista partition mounted on startup and I actually used it for storage when my Linux partition (which was ext3) ran out of space. I've copied many gigs back and forth between my Linux and XP machines with no issues. Was I just lucky, and is there something I don't know about the dangers of intermixing these file types?
On that same note, I don't really need to back up the XP box so that I can restore it to its current state. All I want is to copy data from it to the external drive once in a while. With this is mind, can I safely copy that data to ext2 (and avoid having to create an NTFS partition in the first place)?
I appreciate any hints/tips/insights.