Okay fellas, I've gone OCD in researching how to "clean up" my setup now that i've ordered a thunderbolt display. I have a ton of questions, but will break up my questions into smaller parts so that this isn't a mammoth amount of reading. Background I'm a DJ first and foremost using either Serato Scratch Live or Itch. In this regard, I'd say that i'm in the pro-level category. Secondary to DJing is music production (Ableton), short film/videography, and photography (this being more of an "i take pictures and just like to organize them... very very light post-work if any). The last 3 items are just hobbies (especially that last one). Hardware I have 2011 MBP 15" Firewire audio interface (M-audio 1814 for those that care) MPD32 drum pad Studiologic Keyboard Thunderbolt display (on order) 2 External USB drives (both near 80% capacity) What I'm trying to do A- Clean up my desk My MBP is my primary workstation for everything computer related (DJing, production, email, internet surfing, etc). With all of the stuff I have, to "dock" my MBP requires a bunch of wires to be plugged in and a lot of dangling wires. Good news is that I think i've solved this issue (along with more real-estate issues) by going with the TBD. B - Clean up my MBP My MBP is the only laptop I take with me to gigs. Having a secondary laptop is not an option for me right now. Therefore, it's in my best interest to really cleanup my MBP and start setting up workflows that utilize external storage. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong, but the only files that should probably sit on my MBPs internal drive are the music that I would use for a gig, and of course the applications (word docs and small video clips too). So this is where I need this forum's help on hardware solutions. C - Maximize my workflows As part of effort B, I realize that my hardware solution only makes sense if my workflows are sound. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm going to ask and detail this part out last. If you guys think that this is the first part that needs to be addressed... let me know. Okay, with that said... here's my first question: Q1 - Storage solution - I need to move Ableton's library off my internal drive. I never work on music away from my home mini-studio. - I need to move my photo library (40GB) off my internal also. I don't do much in the photography realm other than shoot, save, and organize (and sync pics with the iPhone4). - All of my short film/videography work is done off my internal drive as well, so this should be considered as I want to move that off my internal as well - If the recommended solution is to buy another external drive, I will transfer the contents of my current 750gb external and use that as my time machine backup. If anything else, lets consider that I need a way to backup things using time machine. - I'd ideally like the solution to be seamless in the sense that I don't have to do much if anything for my MBP to recognize the additional storage once docked to the TBD. Knowing i have a TBD on its way, what do you guys recommend for an economical solution? Are the thunderbolt solutions worth it right now for the throughput I need (right now i'm thinking no). If so, should I stick to USB2.0 or build a GigE NAS? I'm assuming wireless solutions are out of the question, but hey I might be wrong. Then... do i go RAID 0? 1? 5? Thanks for reading all the way through!