Here is the current setup I have (being a Linux newbie I am not sure if this was the best one to begin with so feel free to provide constructive criticism):
Machine 1: Windows XP - 120GB SATA (WinXP install drive) and 120GB IDE (for data)
Machine 2: Windows 2000 File Server - 200GB SATA
Machine 3: Red Hat Linux 9 - 80GB IDE
On machine 3, I partitioned the hard drive into 40/40 - half as a ext3 partition and the other half as NTFS. I can mount the NTFS into Linux but this means that I would have to use SAMBA to share that NTFS mount with the other two machines.
What I would like to ideally do is access that 40GB partition from my Windows machines without having to go through Linux at all and still be able to mount it in Linux. I don't want to not be able to use that extra 40GB via Windows just because half of it is taken by Linux.
Would this be possible or would samba be my only option?
Thanks in advance for everyone's comments/answers/suggestions :)