I have a 4 TB harddrive currently formatted in NTFS for windows.
I'm looking at moving my desktop machine to Ubuntu from Windows 7.
I would prefer to not have to change the file system, since I'll be dual booting for a while, I don't have a duplicate drive to save the data to while formatting, and I'm not sure I'll be staying with Ubuntu.
This is not my OS drive. It is a secondary storage disk. The Ubuntu OS partition(s) can be formatted however Ubuntu prefers.
What is the best way to handle this situation? Particular questions:
Can GNU/Linux/Ubuntu cleanly read and write NTFS? I saw that there were some issues as recently as 2012. Have these been resolved?
Are there issues with mounting a >2TB NTFS drive? I wasn't able to mount it when working from a live USB disc, but I'm not sure if this problem would go away with an actual install.