I am in the same boat. I have 2 questions.
I have about 300gigs of data I want to seperate from my hard drive and plant on a linux file server runing samba. I am running windows XP on my other machines so I need access to the files and I am sure as eggs are eggs that samba is the ticket.
1. My concern is which version of linux is the best for file serving that offers the best secuirty and ease of use etc...?
I need to invest a fair bit of dosh for redundancy because if the drive(s) crash or screw up... its bye bye 300 gigs.. I cant find a good back up media that will satisfy my needs on my budget. I guess I will need a couple of large drives.
This leads me to my next problem...
2. Which versions of linux will detect a 200gb western digital hard drive taking into consideration that the bios can detect it?