Ubuntu :: Seting Up Multiple Hard Drives?

Jul 13, 2011

I am thinking of building a new computer. I have been using Ubuntu for a couple years now, but I am not good with the terminal usage. Nevertheless, if I was to go back to Windows I be lost. My Computer would be:

Motherboard = Micro ATX
Hard Drive 1 80GB = Operating System
Hard Drive 2 250GB = Home (my documents)
Hard Drive 3 500GB = Media (videos, music & pictures)

I would like the file to end up on the desired hard drive automatically. And my main menu to display accordingly. In other words, when I click over music, under places in my computer menu, for the computer to know which hard drive to go to. The reason for wanting this setup is, to provide security for the OP, separate my private documents from my music and videos. Now I am using external hard drives. But, it just do not look right, besides the menu is funky.

Would I have to use a RAID set-up or just the partition tool. Does anyone knows of a post or tutorial on how to accomplish this? (plain English would be better).

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