Hi Knowledgeable Interneters! This question has probably been answered somewhere before but i'm an RPi noob and apparently can't figure out the right search terms to find what i'm looking for. I've seen several relevant tutorials but I couldn't tell if they would actually get me everything I wanted.
I have an external HD full of movies/music. The disk was formatted on a Mac and can only be accessed by a Mac. The Mac has long since died and been replaced by several Windows PCs which can't access that HD (I think it's formatted Mac OSX Extended Journaled but i'm not entirely sure). I want to be able to access that HD over the local network from any of several Windows PCs I now have in my home. Streaming would be nice but is not required and I do have a lot of other data on there that's not movies or music.
Any recommendations or advice? Which RPi OS distro should I use? What services should I install -- samba, xbmc, something else entirely? Got links for any tutorials that can make this happen?
Thanks in advance for any help!