I have a home network with a number of laptops and macminis using several small external hard drives for photos, movies (run by Plex), and shared files. I'd like to consolidate these into one large 2TB drive. I use Time Capsule for back up so don't need this functionality. The options I am looking at are: 1. 2TB NAS drive, plugged directly into my network switch 2. 2TB external drive, plugged by Firewire 800 into the Mac Mini that I use a as an always-on home theatre and which is also hard wired into the network switch Given that the drive will be accessed by multiple computers, which option would be better. I'm thinking that the Mac Mini would manage the multiple access better than a simple NAS....but I'm not sure if this is correct! Any thoughts greatly appreciated!