What are my options in moving to the new 2013 Mac Pro for an external storage system? My requirements for an external storage/RAID system to meet or exceed every current feature and quality of my 2009 Mac Pro: minimum two optical bays and three 3.5" HDD bays for each drive in the enclosure, the minimum data bus performance must be equal to, or exceed, the maximum data bus performance of the current 2009 Mac Pro, even when all are simultaneously in use the external RAID must be coverable under AppleCare it must be physically impossible for the drives to become disconnected while in use (i.e. any cables connecting them to the machine must at minimum be able to lock into place so that they cannot be disconnected without a key or lock combination being known; 2009 Mac Pro has a "lock" on its door handle that prevents anyone from being able to open it and remove the hard drives or connect them to another system; this is a minimum requirement for security reasons) the cable used must be highly shielded from EMF interference/mild EMP from solar storms etc. (2009 Mac Pro does not need this due to internal drive design) the RAID housing itself must be constructed of at least 1/8" aluminum or similar metal to provide EMP shielding to the hard drives inside (2009 Mac Pro offers this level shielding already) the ports on the RAID enclosure must be inset the at least 1/8" thick metal of the case itself, such that the physical insertion and wiggling of the cable's end in the RAID's connector cannot cause the connector to wiggle or bend against the internal PCB of the RAID enclosure (2009 Mac Pro offers these types of extremely high durability ports, but no RAID system I've ever seen has them) the RAID enclosure must have an internal power supply and use a standard "universal" power cable the combined power usage of the RAID enclosure and the 2013 Mac Pro must not exceed the combined power usage of the 2009 Mac Pro the combined decibels of the RAID enclosure, cable(s), and the 2013 Mac Pro must not exceed the combined decibels of the 2009 Mac Pro the RAID enclosure's price must not exceed $500 without drives, in order that the combined price of the base-model 2013 Mac Pro and the RAID enclosure not exceed the price of the current mid-tier ($2999) Mac Pro plus a secondary GPU card and 256GB SSD upgrade the RAID enclosure must be something I can go demo in person at the Apple store so I can see it up close and personal before committing to buy it I can live without any PCI slots but I cannot live without my 12TB of online storage and BluRay backup & DVD/CD duplication system, all of which are INSIDE my current Mac Pro. Apple has made a lot of claims about how much smaller, quieter, and lower power the new Mac Pro is. Well, yeah, if you take out six drive bays, it would be. But what about those of us who bought the Mac Pro specifically to have those drive bays? I looked at DROBOs etc., but I realized compared to a four-bay DROBO and dual external optical drives, a Mac Pro didn't really cost that much more, and I got a whole computer with a rock-solid power supply, super-high-quality construction, all internal parts covered by Apple Care, and PCI slots. This has all been hugely useful and it's been the best computer I've ever owned, by far. So how small is the new Mac Pro once you add the type of external drive enclosure that I mention? What kind of build quality do these external drives have? I have had horrific experiences with external drives. Their cable connectors go bad, their power supplies fail, their port connectors are flimsy pieces of crap held to the PCB by nothing more than cheesy plastic clips and/or thin pieces of solder and sticking out through poorly machined holes in the chitanium enclosures. These poor quality of external enclosures and bad reviews and high expense of things like the DROBO are the reasons WHY I bought a Mac Pro in the first place. Of course, I want to get the 2013 Mac Pro for its sheer speed. However I'm apprehensive about trusting any crappy POS external enclosure I've never seen before and just order off the internet. I've used a RocStor ArcticRoc FW800 for my Time Machine backup drive. It's encrypted which hurts performance but that's OK for my backup drive, it doesn't need to be fast. Sure, someone could just unplug it and attach it to another computer, but they would then have to also decrypt it. I don't want to have to have my main drives be encrypted however, and yes I know this is less secure, but for my purposes, a physical locking mechanism is quite enough. So what are my options?