I am planning on building a new home pc which will serve as the music/media server for the house. It will be ubuntu, but will also have windows xp running in VMWare. I would like to setup a large partition dedicated to media and music, but since we will be ripping hundreds of cd's into flac, I dont want to lose this data or store it more places than 1. So I want to setup the drive so that it can easily be used by different OS's and still be in tact if i somehow destroy the original ubuntu install.
What is the best way to do this? I have never messed with linux partitions, except for messing with it during install. Should i just install the OS, then do the partition after the fact? If so, how? NTFS?