Hello all. Given the value of my currency down these parts compared to the USD, the Drobo (Network) backup/storage option I was considering, is prohibitively expensive (+/- $800). Since I already have a router, the AirPort Extreme Timemachine/port 3TB, is also not really an option - since it's obviously limited to 3TB, and at close to $500, not exactly cheap either. My increased interest in options has climbed since my wife's laptop was stolen, and replaced with a 256gb MBA. Along with my 1TB MBP, and numerous iPads and iPhones, I'm looking more seriously at a centralized storage and backup option, rather than the current system which involves multiple external HDDs. The latter works well enough for me, but the wife and daughter are quite 'forgetful' when it comes to regular, manual backups! What drew me to the Drobo, was its expansibility, set-and-forget, network integration, and the apparent ability to designate X amount of space for TM backups, and Y amount of space for storage (unless I'm mistaken?). In light of the above - is my mid-2012 Quad-core Mac Mini a possible solution? I've thrown 16gb of RAM in. It currently only has the 1TB HDD inside, but I've bought the SSD upgrade kit, just waiting for the prices to drop. Can I rather plug something external into the Mac Mini, like a Synology NAS setup or something, and do what I was hoping to do with the Drobo, with my Mini? I have zero knowledge of how RAID/NAS/Synology systems work, so would beed to teach myself from scratch. Or would it be far simpler in the long run (maintenance/up-keep time etc) to save up and bite the bullet on a dedicated system like the Drobo? Would really appreciate some suggestions!