Im have two dead external drives on my desk and a MBP 2.33 C2D with 2 GB free!!!!. one is a Maxtor 250gb firewire400/usb2 other is Lacie big disk 500gb firewire800/400/usb2 The maxtor mounts everyonce in a while but the lacie is dead. Im looking for a replacement and am wondering how much of an improvement eSATA with expresscard adapter would be over firewire 800. Im using the drive for storing and playing tons of music also storing hundreds of photos as well as a lot of videos and computer backups. I will be working directly off the drive in lightroom. I need a reliable drive to edit and work on my hundreds of images everynight after a day of shooting. I found this drive at OWC http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other World Computing/MEAQ7750GB16/ Also this maxtor firewire 800 http://www.maxtorsolutions.com/en/catalog/OTIII_Triple/ both look pretty nice. I also had the idea of going with a network drive so after a long day working I could relax in bed listening to my itunes streaming. The only problem is the room I use the laptop in is upstairs and the router is downstairs. I would want to connect to the drive when needed optimal speed. I dont think this kind of wireless network drive I speek of exists. I dont know much about RAID setups and such but would that be a possible route? 2 x 500 gb possibly? Would any of these setups be faster then my internal drive (5400 120 gb) boo! I think freeing up space will help with performance. I think I might also take the 3 gb ram leep. I believe you get what you pay for and am ready to spend more if i need to and avoid headaches of unreliable equipment. Any input is appreciated.