Now... here's my situation. I've been busy and my Mac Pro is still sitting inside the box (Stock 8-Core 3.2 with 2GB of ram and 500GB HDD with 8800). Yeah, it's crazy but it's been like that for at least 5 months. I wish the new 2.93GHz was there instead. I'm ready to configure and power up the baby, but seeking your opinion and expertise to have the perfect configuration especially with the HDD and using both OSX and XP or Vista. As mentioned briefly, I'm just a business user. I do not use 3D apps or CS3/4 and etc., but my day to day apps are * Parallels to fire up Windows (to connect to work VPN), Entourage, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, remote desktop and Firefox. Usually, multiple Firefox instances are up with each having like 30+ tabs open, huge excel files consisting of macros and 20,000 lines+ and multiple powerpoints/word and etc. What is the ultimate setup for HDD to have a smooth computing experience? I have the following in my possession. (The stock machine + 16GB of additional RAM, two (2) additional 1TB WD Black Drives and the 1TB TimeCapsule). - Per the forum, I've seen users install OSX and Apps on HDD (1) and the home folder on HDD (2). is it better to do it like that or have OSX/Apps/Home folder on HDD (1), but just create a new directory/folder on HDD (2) and save all data there? - What would you do with HDD (3)? Internal back-up drive and use the 1TB TimeCapsule for Time machine back-up? or - Go with HDD (1) for OS/Apps, HDD (2) and (3) for home folder/data in RAID 0 and use TimeCapsule (4) for Time machine back-up? - Solution 1: Assign/use 500GB as HDD (1) for OS/Apps, 1TB HDD (2) for Data, 1TB HDD (3) for internal back-up and (4) 1TB TimeCapsule for TimeMachine backup? For this, I should move the home folder to HDD (2)? - Solution 2: Assign/use 500GB as HDD (1) for OS/Apps, 1TB HDD (2) and 1TB HDD (3) configured as RAID 0 and (4) 1TB TimeCapsule for TimeMachine backup? - Solution 3: Assign/use 1TB HDD (1) and 1TB HDD (2) in RAID 0 for OS/Apps/Home folder and data? In such case, use the 500GB (HDD 3) for BootCamp? Back up would be done using the 1TB (4) TimeCapsule? - Solution 4: Assign/use 1TB HDD (1) for OS/Apps, 1TB HDD (2) for home folder/data, use the 500GB (HDD 3) for BootCamp? Back up would be done using the 1TB (4) TimeCapsule? A few other questions: - I have experience with both Parallels and VM Fusion, but which one would run better using the Mac Pro? - For Parallels or VM Fusion, how much virtual memory or cores should you set? - Would you set a fixed HDD space on the virtual machine or set it as virtual/automatic? - The Mac Pro has dual GE port, would you connect both of them to the TimeCapsule? Can OSX leverage both ports simultaneously? or can it be only used as primary/secondary? - Lastly, what's the best application to synch-up data between the desktop and laptop? Either performed automatically or manually triggered? Looking forward to your opinion/feedback/comments and many thanks.