The adventures of a Linux novice continue. Yesterday I asked how to convert my NTFS disk to be Linux compatible. The short answer being there is no way. So, yesterday, I ordered an extra hard-drive of the same size. Today it arrived and I've been having "fun" installing it in my new Linux server.
The plan is to add a Linux-formatted drive to the current Linux server. Once it's in place I will move all the files from the current NTFS drive in the Windows server over to it, via the network. I then have a copy of all the files on a disk that I can place in whichever of the servers I end up making the file-sharing server. Did you think it would be easier than this? So did I!
Anyway, here's what you see in Red Hat's Hardware Browser after plugging the drive in (analogous to yesterday's image of the Windows Disk Management console):
This is the point where I was lost. In Windows I am accustomed to such niceties as being able to right-click the new drive and formatting it from there. Not so with Linux, where you still have to do things from the command line as the superuser. After Googling a few combinations of the words install, additional, drive, hard and Linux I came across this great article, that covered everything I needed to know, on Linux Planet. Ten or so minutes later and I had this setup:
The confusing thing for us Windows users is the lack of drive letters in Unix OSs. The new drive I added is not now known as E:\ or F:\ but as the directory /mnt/hdb1.
My question now is how I go about sharing the files. Do/should I use Samba or NFS? Also, before I copy the files over, what group/user ownerships should I apply to them all?