Hi. Complete Ubuntu and Linux n00b here. I am in the process of building a file server for my media collection. I have bought a HP ProLiant Microserver, and want to configure it as follows: 1 x 250 GB HDD for OS + 4 x ? TB HDDs for content, using SnapRAID to build in redundancy for the content. I am more familiar with Windows, but its sys req's are a joke compared to Ubuntu. I have downloaded Ubuntu server and messed around with it in a VM, and would like to use that as the OS and ext4 as the FS.
So here's the question: should I buy 4 x 2 TB drives, or 4 x 3 TB drives? Obviously 3 TB is preferable, but I have read some old (2007/2008) literature that says the maximum supported partition is 2 TB. Yes, I could split the 3 TB disks into two partitions of 1.5 TB each, but I am concerned that SnapRAID will use a partition to create parity for another partition on the same physical disk. I would prefer to have a single partition per physical disk.
Obviously Ubuntu has developed a lot since 2007/2008, so I would assume the maximum supported partition size has increased, but I can't find anything to prove this.
I'd really appreciate it if someone could confirm that I can create a 3 TB partition before I go out and buy the disks. Even better, if someone has it running in production with SnapRAID!