I'm planning a build that will be using Ubuntu Server 14.04. I have been trying to learn as much as possible and practice in virtualbox before actually installing any hardware. I am really enjoying learning Ubuntu and I think I am nearly ready.
I will likely use 3x3TB Reds with the OS on a smaller SSD. I would like to be able to share files with this box via windows (samba).
- I am highly considering RAID 5 for this setup. If I ever need to expand the size of this storage pool, is adding another RAID pool (say 3x3 again) the best option?
- For the initial partitioning/formatting of the drives, is this best done through the installation menu or by using mdadm?
- Lasly, is NTFS the best option for the filesystem of these drives? My understanding is that EXT systems can only be used on linux machines.
Thank you in advance for any guidance.