Hi all, First time poster, long time reader and appreciator of the whole community on MacRumors. I have a question about which I would love to get your advice. I have searched other threads and other sites, but it is somewhat specific. Basically, I am trying to make sure that I have the strongest possible set-up for streaming movies. (I apologize in advance if this question belongs someplace else/has already been answered.) My set-up: I have a jailbroken ATV 2. I also have a pre-unibody 15", 2.5/500 GB MacBook Pro (4,1), to which I have attached a newer WD 3TB drive (comes with a USB 3.0 connection, which I wish I could use!) Finally, I have XBMC installed on the ATV 2. I basically use the 3TB drive to store movies, and stream them to the ATV 2, using XBMC to watch them. So here is the question (finally): Sometimes XBMC will just quit while watching a film, though this is pretty infrequent, but more importantly, if I pause a film for more than about 5 seconds on the ATV 2, the WD needs to "kick back on," rebuffer, and when it does start replaying the movie, it will stutter the video, forcing me to press the back button on the ATV remote to get the movie playing smoothly again. Whew! Does anyone have any specific suggestions regarding this situation? Are the stuttering and occasional drops inevitable in this set-up? Is there a simple solution like upping the cache on the MacBook Pro, or checking Energy settings? For that matter, if there isn't a fairly straight-forward answer, does anyone have buying tips for a new drive to stream from? It can be esata, Firewire 800/400, USB 2, etc. It occurs to me now, are there settings on the WD that maybe I didn't see? There aren't a ton of options there... Again the issue is really just with streaming to the ATV 2. Is there a more optimal set-up? Or something simple I have missed? I'm very happy to have come across this solution to watching my movies! Thank you all. I am very happy to be a new MacRumors member.