sharing an external drive between Linux and Windows
I was wondering what the best way to do this is? Here is the idea...
Server has 60gb drive for OS / programs and 2 x 2TB drives for data. I will have all of my windows computers, etc. save directly to the first 2TB drive. Then, I will have the second 2TB drive periodically sync and copy the files/data from the first 2TB drive to act as an internal backup. Then I want to use an external hard drive as a 3rd and offline backup that I would conduct manually every so often.
Now, my problem is, I'm not sure which filesystem is best to use for sharing the external hard drive between linux and windows. I'm leaning towards NTFS, but I've been told that Linux doesn't read/use metadata and permissions and can cause problems when modifying files.... ?
Also, I am running Debian Squeeze. And, there is the potential for files larger than 4GB so FAT is not an option. I hope to be backing up databases for web design and understand they can be pretty large. (Well, I was just told databases... not necessarily databases for web design.)
Any help/comments/suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!