Optimizing large USB hard drives for Linux.
I recently purchased a Western Digital 1TB USB hard drive to use for general data storage. I had thought about repartitioning it into 8 - 10 individual drives (most Linux users will doubtless understand the arguments for and against this) and reformatting them with another filesystem, probably ext2.
The unit actually consists of two 500GB drives that are presented by the internal controller as a single 1TB drive, and are formatted with the old HPFS/NTFS filesystem, so I'm a bit cautious about the possibility of my original plan confusing the drive's controller.
Does anyone have any experience with these large drives, any thoughts about repartitioning/reformatting, and relevant criteria for optimizing their use?