I'm relatively new to Linux, and I need help setting up a workstation that will be used to run VMware Workstation for lab scenarios and testing. The relevant hardware config is as follows: (1) 250GB and (4) 500GB drives and 16GB RAM. I've been reading about LVM and it sounds like something that I'd want to use on the 250GB drive, so here's how I was thinking of partitioning this drive:
** approx. 100GB avail free space **
Again, I'm very new to Linux so any feedback/suggestions on the sizing of the above partitions would be appreciated. As for the (4) 500GB drives, I'm debating between RAID 0 or RAID 5. This will be my storage for all of my virtual machines. I'm leaning more toward RAID 5 since I don't have alternate storage to backup my vm's if I went with RAID 0. What filesystem should I use for this RAID?