I am a graduate student and a relative Linux novice. My institution has an in-house Linux cluster on which I run many scientific simulations. I have a Windows desktop computer from which I access the Linux cluster via SSH.
I have a large amount (~1 TB) of simulation results data on the Linux cluster's file server. When the project is finished, the research group probably will not have the space to save the simulation results. However, I would like to save the files (with the group's permission, of course) on an external drive that I myself will purchase.
My question is, if I purchase a standard Windows external hard drive with a USB connection, will I be able to copy the files from the Linux cluster's files server to the external drive? (I am assuming that the Linux cluster has a USB port, but this is something that I will need to verify.)
It looks like many standard Windows external hard drives are formatted in either NTFS or FAT32, whereas our Ubuntu Linux file server uses NFS. Here are some examples from Amazon:
Do you think any or all of the above hard drives will be able to be easily reformatted in NFS for use with the Linux cluster?
On the other hand, Amazon does have a section for "Linux platform support" external hard drives, such as:
- LaCie 3 TB Minimus Hard Disk USB 3.0 (302004) (file system not specified, as far as I can tell; perhaps it is unformatted?)
But, even if standard Windows external hard drives are easily reformatted, the problem is that I may subsequently want to copy the files from the external hard drive to a Windows computer, which is NTFS. This part of the question may require a separate question or a question on SuperUser, but is it possible to copy NFS files from an external hard drive to a Windows NTFS computer? Thanks for your time.