Hi everyone: I am looking to expand my time machine / server / htpc back up and I was wondering if anyone could share their experience with what has worked really well for them. My current setup: Right now I have a mac mini (with ssd) attached to my tv, it runs plex server and player and I use for all of my day to day movie and tv watching. In addition to that I have airport extreme with an external drive attached which holds all of the files in my plex library and is also the destination drive for all of my downloads. Positives: this system works really well because I can have a very inexpensive (60gb) ssd in my mac mini and energy usage is VERY minimal because it can sleep whenever plex isnt actively in use. Negatives: frequently the drive will disconnect and make the mobile plex apps think that there is no media. Also for some reason, though the computer can be woken up with a harmony remote, frequently the drive wont reconnect unless you vnc into the computer and actually move the mouse (I have no idea why this is the case) Modifications to the system: I am adding another laptop to the household and I was hoping to have it back up (with time machine) to the airport extremes hdd but that drive is now almost full (due to the aforementioned media and other backups) so I have no choice but to expand. My question is simply, would it be better too: a) purchase a synology drive, load it with two drives and continue on with my life or b) add an external drive to the mac mini and move all of my media onto it, freeing the external attached to the airport to be used solely for backups for option a) the energy usage will be much much greater, and much more expensive, but then at least I have the ability to have all my data in one place option b) would require that my mac mini was on 24/7. I know every loves synology on this forum, but I already own a mac mini, can anyone share their experience with using it as a media server and any negatives I might have missed to option b? thank you for your time!