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I'm sort of in a dilemma about my secondary computer so I sort of want to post for some advice ^__^

I am currently dualbooting my secondary computer with Ubuntu Linux 7.10 (Desktop Edition) with Windows XP. I use the Ubuntu for a file server/print server and Windows XP as my spare gaming rig and my spare workstation if I mess up my main comp...

But here's the problem - I'm REALLY noob with linux. I've been having trouble getting my RAID 0 2x750GBs to work with Linux. I can access it in Windows XP perfectly but I can't mount it...(it says that the drive is either already mounted or busy...and I think its the latter).

So...I'm thinking of 3 alternatives...

1. Use Windows Home Server.
I know this is the idiot-proof solution as I've been wanting to get some redundency for my data but theres 2 problems with this...
a. I dont know how Windows Home Server works at all...like how would it back up my data such that theres redunency? Does it use a very inefficient and space-wasting algorithm or does it not? I heard you can actually use all the space on the hard drive AND have redundency (which sounds too good to be true..)
b. I heard WHS doesn't play too well with pre-existing RAID arrays....and I dont want to move 800GB of data back and forth...

2. Stick with linux
This is going to probably be the hardest route...because
a. I'd have to either solve the weird mounting problem or reformat and reinstall linux
b. I'll have to eventually learn a lot of linux to maintain the server
c. I would need to get another drive for some redunency

3. Windows Server Editions (either 2003 or 2008)
I heard learning and setting up a file/print server is relatively easy in Windows Server Edition...but the problem is...
a. I need to get a copy of it (I think I might be able to bum a copy off my school site admin)
b. I'd still need to set it up
c. It needs more maintence than a linux server (I heard linux servers can run for months and months without restarts...but windows servers get slowed down and stuff if it doesnt get restarted every month or two)


So...out of my three choices...what would you choose..?

Thanks in advnace!
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I've heard great things about Windows Server 2008.
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Windows Server 2008 is suppose to be user-friendly and easy. You are not suppose to use RAID on it, as it has its own form of "RAID" if you will. However I have also heard that WHS has big bug on it that MS has yet to fix.
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server 2008 is like vista but without the looks, as i desktop os. I can say it was pretty good. But i don't know how good it is as a server
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id go with windows server, only because im already using it lol
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1. Use Windows Home Server.
I know this is the idiot-proof solution as I've been wanting to get some redundency for my data but theres 2 problems with this...
a. I dont know how Windows Home Server works at all...like how would it back up my data such that theres redunency? Does it use a very inefficient and space-wasting algorithm or does it not? I heard you can actually use all the space on the hard drive AND have redundency (which sounds too good to be true..)
b. I heard WHS doesn't play too well with pre-existing RAID arrays....and I dont want to move 800GB of data back and forth...
WHS is based on Windows Server 2003.
1) It has an algorithm to create a redundant single pool of HD. When it backs up your PC for the first time, it does a complete back up. Then every night it checks for differences and then saves only these changes. This way it doesn't have to create a whole image each night and saves space. If you enable file redundency, it stores the file on more than one HD (like a smart RAID1).
2) When you add a HD to WHS, it will have to be reformatted anyway.

There are two major issues with WHS:
1) It cannot back up 64-bit OS. This was due to some pulled features in Vista.
2) Data can be corrupted if being remotely editted.
Both these issues are schedule to be fixed in Power Pack 1 due in June...
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