i.e - 100 movies stored on a 500GB HDD, I no longer require a server, and take out that HDD and pop it into my normal desktop as a secondary HDD, will it be compatible/load normally?
FreeNAS native file system is UFS. No, you can not just take a UFS formatted drive and have it be windows compatible/load normally. However, there are utilities available that allow windows to read UFS partitions.
Where would I need to install the driver? Onto my normal C drive or onto the UFS partition? I want it to be as easy as possible to switch HDD's around when needed.
Also, lets say I used the HDD in my windows PC, and added some files to it. Would it still work with the FreeNAS PC if I where to put it back in? Or would I need to reformat the whole drive?
I did ask this before some time ago, but its good to get a second opinion. I have a 80GB HDD, full of my info, I would guess I formated it useing NTFS. Can I plug and play this into the FreeNAS? If not, do I HAVE to format the drive? Or can I someone use a utility to make the FreeNAS read the drive?