Hi, I'm 20 and at uni, using a mbp with 500gb hd and a 1tb external. I've got 100gb of music, 100gb of photos in aperture and about 200gb of documents from past and current projects (Architecture). My external HD is 2 partitions, 500gb for HD movies, with is full, and 500gb for time machine which is always full but does the job So I'm looking to get a bigger hard solution here as I'm running out of space. I don't want to upgrade the internal macbook hard drive as its already been upgraded to 500gb and i've heard the 1tb drives arent good for a main hd. I also dont want to modify it and use an ssd and replace the opti bay with the 500gb internal as the ssd is a little pricey, im not sure i'll notice the performance increase enough to be worth it and I dont want to modify my macbook (yet). So I'm left with the need for a larger, better external solution. i believe I want a 4 bay external hard drive enclosure or a few separate hard drives. Option 1: 4-bay enclosure linked via USB (unfortunately the only option). 1 - HD Films 2 - Document archive, aperture past projects archive. 3 - Time machine backup of all drives (1,2 and internal mb drive) 4 - spare? then just keep the current projects and all my music on my internal MBP HD. I could probably buy 2 smaller hard drives and merge them in a raid config to boost speed and reduce cost of large time machine drive? Option 2: multiple external hard drives -> USB hub Looking at capacities of; 1-2tb for hd films 1tb for document archives Time machine - capacity of all drives inc internal added up and rounded off. I'm in the UK and really don't want to spend a lot at all. :/ I hate deleting past work so my data is always going to be growing, unfortunately! p.s. I don't need it to be a NAS as I have no need for this and it'll be slow anyway. (I dont think my airport express can share hd's anyway) What would people recommend doing and why? Maybe you have this sort of setup yourself? I would like it cheap and decent. Not too bothered about looks but would be better if it looked good. More concerned about speeds, reliability, least sounds, and minimal lights etc... THANKS! Luke.