Recent "new"s for me: wife, baby, DSLR, MRForum membership. Not-so-new: the used Mac Pro 5,1 Quad Core 3.2 (Server 2012) just purchased on CL. Good news - the MP fired up, and I found the admin password on an old sticker on the back. Today's realization: I'm in over my head in mapping a plan to create a central repository for the family's documents (off-load from wife's 2012 and my 2009 MBP), backup, photos, video, and music with this MP, with an eye toward non-professional, pro-sumer photo & video editing. My working checklist: 1. determine soundness/integrity of the system - is the boat seaworthy? 2. create a bootable clone backup - Carbon Copy Cloner optimal? 3. make sensible HW changes/upgrades now before any migration 4. stay with current ML 10.8.5, move to Mav 10.9.4, or wait for Yosemite? 5. change the Server OS to the standard individual configuration matching my minimal needs. Machine specs I'm working with: 3.2 GHz Quad Core 45-nm Xeon W3565 (Nehalem) L2 Cache (per Core): 256 KB L3 Cache: 8 MB 6 GB 1066 MHz DDR3 ECC ATI Radeon HD 5770 1024 MB with 1 GB of GDDR5 memory two 1 TB (7200 RPM, 32 MB cache) 3Gb/s Serial ATA hard drives In advance, sincere thanks for any advice & direction as to how to proceed, especially along the lines of "If I were you, here's what I'd do " commentary.