I really need help. My external HDD which is used as a backup has been acting up recently and suffice to say, I'm getting nervous. I just (literally tonight) started looking for backup solutions and was wondering if any of you can help me out. From order of importance: 1. Backup all my photographs. Currently around 250GB worth of data, but I'd like to have a 1TB capacity for a bit of future proof. Since this is where my paycheque comes from, this will be by far the most important data which needs to be backed up. 2. Full backup of my system. If my MBP decides to quit, I'd like to have a bootable disk image. I currently use SuperDuper! and it works very well. I'd like to have 1 TB here as well for future proof. 3. Films and music. I have a Mac Mini connected to the TV in the living room which acts as a media centre. If possible, I'd like the new backup solution to host all the media so that it can be distributed to the MBP as well as the Mac Mini. I really don't need more than 500GB for this. My knowledge is quite limited when it comes to terminology and technology involving this backing up business, but I did my best (yes, you can laugh): 1. Have a 3TB extneral disk and partition it 3 ways; photos, system, and media. Can this be a NAS drive so that it could be accessed by the two computers? 2. RAID 1 enclosure for my photos and system backup. 500GB external NAS drive for media. 3. Get something like this http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other World Computing/MEQX2T4.0S/ I'm assuming with 4 x 1TB, I can put everything (photo, system, media)? Or Synology: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Synology-DS...1_7?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1296432674&sr=1-7 Or Qnap: http://www.amazon.co.uk/QNAP-TS-410...1_8?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1296432885&sr=1-8 Or ReadyNAS: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Netgear-Gig...1_9?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1296432954&sr=1-9 I live in the UK, so I'm assuming I can't have the QX2 delivered (and it's not a NAS drive?). I will also be backing up my photos into the cloud using carbonite or mozy or something. Haven't decided which one. To be honest with you, I have no idea if my idiotic solutions make any sense. So here is hoping that you will shed some light to my problems. I thank you in advance and I apologize in advance to my utter lack of knowledge.