Hi, I have a few questions, if you have you have time Question #1 So I have an HP Media Drive (160 GB) that I got with my old HP media center PC (hard drive pops in the front) but it can be used as an external hard drive. Recently, I have realized the need for very frequent backing up, so I've been using the hard drive with my Mac. That's all fine and dandy, but Leopard will be arriving next week, and I can't wait to use time machine so this all gets automated! Because I back up my school files (20 GB) every few days and I have to copy the ENTIRE 20 GB folder to the external drive because I'm not sure what in particular I changed since last time (I am always modifying/adding files). No problem with Time Machine, I am guessing. But the problem is this - the hard drive is so darn loud! It sounds louder than my iMac, MacBook Pro, and ventilation in my room. So there's no way I'll be able to keep it on 24/7 and I don't want to have to worry about turning it on and off every time I want to back up..I want it all to be automated. So I'm looking for a new external HD. Preferably a little bigger too because I have around 15 gb music, 15 gb of video, other stuff, and I know with time machine the space will go quickly... I found this HD at Future Shop. The price they're asking (319) is ridiculous but I always see it going on sale for around $120 every few weeks or so. http://www.futureshop.ca/catalog/proddetail.asp?logon=&langid=EN&sku_id=0665000FS10089693&catid= (actually the price tomorrow of it will be 129 which is a good deal - keep in mind I'm in Canada) Does anyone have experience with this drive? Is it whisper quiet? Does a whisper quiet HD exist? I don't mind a tiny bit of noise while writing, but when my current external drive is just idle, it's sooo loud. Question #2 I bring my laptop to school and take notes. At the end of the day when I come home, I like putting everything on my iMac. It gets veyr dangerous having half of my school stuff on one computer and half on the other (I have a macbook pro). So I keep everything in one spot. It's just annoying though because I transfer them over a network, then I have to go and resort and file them away on my iMac, it's quite time consuming sometimes. Then of course when I do stuff on my iMac I have to put it on the mbp and etc. Is there any way (with Tiger or Leopard) to set something up so that when I get home and "login" to my network (the 2 computers are networked wirelessly with an AEBS 802.11n) it will sync different files automatically? Or perhaps is there a way for time machine to do this? Or what if I attach my hard drive to the router? I just want to have the same thing on both machines at all times- that would be great. (when I bring the laptop home, of course, I don' expect to be syncing when away from my desk!) It's just a pain to constantly have to keep dealing with having hte same machines carry the same files. Thanks in advance to anyone who helps!!