Hi there. I am about to replace a first generation G5 tower that is running our office file server and i am trying to figure out if it make more sense to go with a base model mac pro, or try out the mac mini server. The g5 we use does not run server software, only 10.3 client. it uses the stock drive at the startup drive and an additional drive in the 2nd bay for files themselves, which get backed up to an external. Here's the rundown of usage: -The file server runs filemaker server with two databases that get used by 7 clients in the office (though RARELY) more than 2-3 people on a database at once. -File serving is primarily for word and excel docs, with some very light design stuff (small indesign or illustrator files, and photoshop files of no more than 50-75mb MAX, and again, no more than 2 people at once accessing design files) -retrospect server backing up the seven clients across the network onto a FW800 drive. And that's about it currently. I think after upgrade, we would start to use a centralized ical with the server software, and maybe address book. So, i'm wondering if people think a mac pro is overkill? I like the idea of four drive bays for all the file sharing/backups that need to happen without having to deal with any externals. BUT i like the idea of saving money and space on the mac mini, and getting SL server thrown in with the deal. We might not throw in for SL server if it is a separate buy. It seems to me that the mac mini would be more than enough of a machine to deal with these basic office needs, but would mean attaching external storage to it. We'd use the internal drive on the mini as the startup disk, back up the startup disk to the second internal, and run all file sharing off a FW800 connected drobo or promise smartstor. Would we notice a significant difference in these basic file sharing duties between the two machines?