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Old 01-29-2015, 12:08 AM   #1
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Linux File Server

Hello Everyone
I have installed Ubuntu Server on a 500 GB drive formatted as EXT4.

Of of my Media, movies, music and pictures are from Windows PC's formatted in NTFS.
As all of the computers connecting to the server will be windows based will NTFS be fine or will I have to reformat them to work. The two media drives are 2 x 2GB Sata drives.
Could you tell me if this setup would work or will I have to reformat and and transfer the files to a new filesystem.
Also as a file server whats the best linux file system to use so it will work with windows PC's in a lan flawlessly.
Thanks for you expertise.
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You will not have to reformat your windows PCs.

EXT4 is just fine for sharing files from a Linux server to other servers, the Linux file system doesn't make any difference to the file sharing process.

Install samba on your Linux box and use that to share folders with your windows PCs.
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If I wanted to add those drives into my ubuntu server box. Keeping the Ubuntu disk EXT4 can the other 2 drives in the server be NTFS without any problems.


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There is a chance you will need to install ntfs-3g to read/write ntfs.
It's been awhile since I've dealt with ntfs so I don't know if that's still needed.
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So would you recommened just formatting ALL drives EXT4 and transferring all data from my NTFS drives to the EXT4 drives?
Is that would you guys would do?

Thank you
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You can safely transfer data between NTFS partitions Linux file systems.

Furthermore, using Samba to share from your Linux computers to your network, Windows computers will see the files on Linux file systems quite nicely. I've done it many times on my own home network.

The best guide I've found for setting up Samba is this one (PDF). It's the resource that enabled me to set up my own home network for the first time. I had what I needed before I was 20 pages in.

Just as an aside, please note that Windows "Homegroup" sharing works only with Windows. If you wish to share a Windows directory with Linux computers, use what Windows misleadingly calls "simple sharing."


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