I currently have various external boxes that I would like to consolidate, because I am not too happy with the amount of cables and power adapters that I need to keep everything plugged in. The slight complication is that I work from two different physical locations. Let me illustrate the current set up: Location A: 5 x 2 TB 7200 RPM Seagate - NAS RAID 5 - 3 TB left - Location A: 4 x 1 TB 7200 RPM Seagate - Pegasus R4 - RAID 5 - 1 TB left Location B: 2 x 2 TB 7200 RPM Seagate - Lacie 2big TB RAID 1 - 700 GB left Location B: 2 x 2 TB 7200 RPM Seagate - cheap USB 2 enclosure JBOD - full (backup of important stuff on the NAS and out of space) Location B: 3 TB G-tech drive (USB2, FW800, eSATA) - Time Machine The problem is that I am simply running out of space, but would like to avoid more boxes. So I am thinking of just going with a rack for location A. This would be great as I can put everything in the cabinet and would be the neatest solution. However, this plan poses new challenges as most rack-mounted storage comes with 16 drive bays at least and is a bit beyond my needs. The simple solution is to purchase some larger drives, but I would like to still utilise the older drives in an efficient manner for backups/archiving. So I am looking at stuff like this: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/silv...dd-rackmount-usb-30-and-esata-interface-black or this http://www.rentaraid.co.uk/stardom-...mount-system-with-esata-fw800-and-usb3-0.html However, that does not really solve my problem and I am not too confident about the quality of the stuff I have listed above. Let's say that I upgrade the Pegasus R4 to 4 TB drives and do the same for the Lacie 2Big and run the R4 in RAID 10 and the 2Big in RAID 1. I still won't have a backup. Trying to create a backup solution with the drives I do have seems like a waste of money and my brain is saying that I should get rid of the 1 TB drives at least, instead of trying to buy boxes to keep them in, but I also cannot get myself to just throw away drives that still work or put them away in the drawer. It feels wrong. Is there a simple and elegant solution to this problem?