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    Question Sharing a new hard drive after installing Debian 3.1

    Hello There:

    I need your help on setting up a shared hardrive with Debian 3.1 between Linux/Linux and Linux /Windows.

    I would like to install a file server as secure as possible for internal use. My configuration is simple:

    After installing a Debian 3.1 with samba and NFS, i added a new hard drive of 500 GB. I want to use this disk space as a file sharing to our network.

    The question is How do I format and share it? Which format is more secure: Linux/ NTFS? is there any flaws with Samba?

    thanks.

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    hello,
    i would format as vfat - then set up nfs - this is done by editing /etc/exports on the linux side and the set up samba such that MS windows can access it.
    telnet mtrek.game-host.org 1701

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    Quote Originally Posted by lth98105
    The question is How do I format and share it?
    Use fdisk. Depending on your HDD location, it will be /dev/hd* . So if it's the second disk on the first IDE channel, then it's fdisk /dev/hdb . Format it as vfat (FAT32) if you want. Stay away from NTFS since its writing on Linux is experimental. You can also format as EXT3 or other journaling file systems. It doesn't matter. Unless you want your local Windows installation to be able to read the disk (which AFAICT not the case here), you should use native file systems with some journaling capabilities.

    Which format is more secure: Linux/ NTFS? is there any flaws with Samba?
    Any new service is potential security flaw but if you configure it right, it can be secure. There are no known big security flaw with Samba currently AFAIK.
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    Thank you all for your help.

    I went to webmin interface, set the format type to WIN95 FAT32 LBA and mount /intranet as ext3. The new hard drive has his full disk space. I shared it to our network. It is working great.

    Thanks a lot guys.

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