So here is my dilemma... I have 2-3 active computers, and 1-2 that I am getting ready to retire soon. Anyway, over the past 10 or so years of my digital life, I have accumulated TONS of hard drives. About 5 years ago, I had a major hard drive failure and I have become pretty obsessed with backing up data ever since. Anyway, the disorganized mess of files and hard drives I have is getting ridiculous. Obviously, the amount of storage available keeps increasing these days but I've never gotten rid of any of my smaller hard drives, which makes maintaining a backup schedule a nightmare because I have 20+ drives. Anyway, I have the following: Drives with Data: Mac Mini Server 2011 500 GB + 500 GB Macbook Pro 500 GB Internal Dell Dimension 60 GB Internal Lacie 1 TB External Lacie 600 GB External Lacie 500 GB d2 Quad External Western Digital 640 GB My Book External Iomega 120 GB External Seagate 160 GB External Power Mac G5 200 GB + 250 GB Western Digital 60 GB Portable (Old Macbook Clone) Seagate Portable 160 GB Western Digital Black Caviars 1 TB (2 of these for Power Mac) Drives used for Backups: Lacie 500 GB d2 Quad External Western Digital Elements 2 TB External Western Digital 2 TB Green Drives (2 of these for off site backups) Western Digital My Book 250 GB So, as you can see, that's a lot of drives (more than 20) to try to keep under control and backed up at all times. I have about 6 TB of non-redundant data that I need to back up and then need room to grow as well. I've been considering a Synology DS1511+ NAS and literally making a master archive of everything on this, along with Time Machine backups, etc... Part of my problem is that a lot of my data is simply for archival purposes. It's non-changing data but I want to keep it. However, I do have a lot of active files as well. I run a recording studio in one half of my house... Running Logic Pro and Pro Tools and these files can get pretty big... It would be nice to have a centralized place to dump "finished" projects when done for archival and only keep "current" projects on the internal drives. Anyway, I recently bought a Mac Mini Server which has thunderbolt so I can't help but wonder if the Promise Thunderbolt RAID enclosure would be worth checking out... I could then have much much faster transfer times as it would be directly connected to a computer. Then, I could just share it on the network... but I do feel like there are certain advantages to the NAS. For one, I wouldn't have to have a computer running at all times just to access it. Also, the software of the Synology seems to be great. My original idea in my situation was to get a Drobo and literally just dump a bunch of my current drives into it. That idea seemed appealing to me because I already have a TON of drives and I would hate for them all to just go to waste if I move to a big RAID solution. However, the more I read about the Drobo, the more I tend to think I need to stay away from it. For one thing, most of my drives are many years old. It doesn't seem wise to continue using some of them. Also, I wouldn't be getting as much storage as I could be if I went out and bought 3TB drives and put them into a 5 bay Synology. Thoughts? Mainly, I'm trying to SIMPLIFY my life here. Trying to get rid of digital clutter. Any advice would be greatly, greatly appreciated. Thanks so much!