I've recently picked up a rMBP for me and an iMac for my wife. If all goes well, eventually I'd like to replace the rest of my windows machines with Macs including a Windows Home Server I built for file sharing and 13tb of storage space. The WHS works perfectly in a Windows network with 5 Windows PCs and does exactly what I need it to do while on a Windows PC. All of our data is located on and accessed from the WHS which works perfectly for us. It also backups daily and it automatically manages backups for whatever time period I decide to keep them, which I understand time machine will do the exact same thing. Here's is where I'm stuck, on a Windows PC I map the network folders that we commonly use in so they are always in My Computer for easy access. I also point the Photos, Music, Videos, and Documents folders to the WHS directories so when you open the Photos folder, you're actually looking at all the photos that both of us have taken that are stored on the server, same thing with music, etc. When we open Lightroom to edit photos, it connects to the Photos folder on the WHS and we can see all the pictures in every subdirectory. Everything is stored on the WHS, nothing on our local Windows PCs. The plan was to replace the WHS with a Mac Mini with a Thunderbolt Multi-Bay Disk Enclosure attached to it to serve the same purpose. Can this be configured as one big 13tb storage pool like the WHS does rather than mount each drive on the desktop in which I would have to keep track of which files are located on what drive? And as for the Photos, Music, and Videos folders on the Macs that are listed on the left hand side bar in the finder window , is there a way to have them pointed to the folders located on the Mac Mini like I am able to do on the Windows PCs and WHS? I've tested this between my rMBP and the iMac with a 500gb USB drive attached to it, and while I couldn't figure out a way to point the native Photos folder to the folder that I created on the external USB drive, I was able to drag the folder to the side bar and it created an alias. If I opened finder and clicked the new Photos folder I was looking at the files on the external drive attached to the iMac. I opened Lightroom and imported some photos from that drive and everything seemed like it was going good, until I rebooted. After a reboot for some reason the files in Lightroom are 'Offline or Missing' until I go into finder and click the Photos alias in the side bar, then it reconnects and they show in Lightroom again. Why wouldn't it just automatically reconnect after a reboot? Did I just do it wrong, and there is a right way to map a network drive/folder? Or is it just not going to work the way that I am wanting it to? Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Sorry for the lengthy post, but I'm new to all of this and still trying to learn OS X. Also, I have 2 days left in the return period on my rMBP and a little while longer on the iMac and need to figure out if this is going to work the way I need it to before I commit to it. I started to research a NAS solution such as a DroBo or Synology system, but with them being proprietary, if the unit fails, I am at the mercy of them to fix it to be able to recover my files, rather than just being able to connect the drive to a different Mac and read/recover my files. And I've read the fact that it doesn't use an HFS+ file system impacts the file transfers and indexing a crossed the network. The WHS wont really work to it's full potential in the Mac environment and if I cannot configure a Mac Mini (w/ external enclosure) as a replacement to the WHS then this would be a huge brick wall that would prevent me from switching over.