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Based on your posts, what you're saying is that when your friend transfers files to your server, it's being transferred extremely slowly. Is this correct? If so, it's because his upload speed sucks, basically. tongue.gif

As for your storage options, I'd either

a) Install the OS on the 500GBs in RAID 1, then use the 2TB as a backup drive, or

b) Install the OS on the 250GB, and then use the 500GBs and the 2TB in a storage pool of some kind.

Question: is your server directly accessible from the Internet, or is it behind some kind of NAT router?
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@OP

To elaborate further. There are a number of options for storage pooling on Linux:

1) LVM
2) FlexRAID
3) Greyhole
4) unRAID


FlexRAID and unRAID are paid-for options which pool your storage across drives of identical or different capacities, and can generate file-based parity as opposed to the block-based parity of RAID levels 4, 5 and 6. This means that you can use drives of different sizes, and if you lose a drive, you only lose the data on that drive. You can also pull a drive and read the files on it. You cannot do this with RAID (apart from RAID 1) because most RAID levels use striping to increase performance.

Greyhole uses file-level redundancy - it makes copies of files for data protection, much like what Windows Home Server 1.x used to do. Greyhole is also built into Amahi Home Server.

If you wanted, you could create a VM on your server, with a virtual disk file for its OS and physical access to your data drives, then use one of the options above to provide storage pooling and file service. Or you could simply download and install Greyhole onto your server and pool your data drives.
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