I have two machines at home (plus laptop and work laptop) that I just put in rackmount cases. Right now each machine has several drives not set up with RAID.
In the not too distant future, I want to use the machine that is my main win/ubuntu desktop for a server. The case has lots of room for 10/15 drives or so, so I want to make a good size raid partition.
I use the server for a web server, mysql host, mercurial code repo host, samba share file storage.
I want to centralize all my file storage, especially music and photos which are currently on my desktop and will take up a lot of space.
Is it common to build one big raid partition and put everything I want on it? Or should mysql, and the web server be in their own area?