We have a 24" Imac 3.06Ghz model with 500GB storage as well as a 500GB Time capsule serving it's backup duties. It has been letting me know it's full for weeks now and I assume it's just replacing changes as the days go by. The big problem is we have a HD Video camera that we take tons of video of our son on and it takes up crazy amounts of space on the computer hard drive! I'm pretty sure there is only a few GB left on the Imac and I need a solution that can be used for the network. I have an old Maxtor 1 touch USB 300GB drive that was used as backup for my old Windows laptop (probably 2003-2004 can't remember) that is old and full of random PC stuff I want to keep. I plan on placing a mac mini in my evolving home theater in the next year or so and want a large central storage solution to play ripped DVDs or personal videos from. My questions are: 1. Can I use the Maxtor for anything or is it really not worth the trouble? 2. What product or group of products will provide a few TB's of storage that will be accessible either over the network or hardwired to the computer via firewire or something that I can use as a storage and scratch (lingo I think means a place to throw a bunch of raw video to grab clips from to make the edited video)? My needs summarized: 1. I would like a very large storage space for my Imac in the office that will do all the video editing and storage 2. a network accessible storage place for my wife's macbook when she brings it home from work to share work files from the desktop to her laptop 3. A future use as a media storage beside the internal hard drive of the mac mini in a HTPC application. Price is important as I don't have a grand to drop on this. Hopefully there is something in the neighborhood of 500 give or take. If there is something that can be added on to so my initial cost is around 500 and then over time I can add to make it larger that would be fine too. Thanks. By the way I tried searching but most of the lingo and software is greek to me. I have read about NAS's and Drobos and unRAID and .... I don't understand a word of it. Is there a solution for someone in the medical field that has absolutely no IT skills?