I didn't want to hijack this thread, so here goes... I've never set up a RAID before. I'm about to purchase an 09 MP through Apple and was looking at the Apple and CalDigit RAID cards before I started reading these forums. If the experts are saying that the Areca ARC-1212 works better than both of those at half the price, I'm sold. Just wondering, if I configure my MP through Apple with just the 640GB system drive (or do I have to get a 1 TB), can someone recommend 3 x 1TB hard drives (as opposed to Apple's $300/per option) to go with the Areca card? Anything else I need? Thanks.