The Mac Mini is an "inexpensive" solution that might suit your needs. You can connect an external HD to the mini, and store 100's of GBs of files, and when that's full, clean up, or grab another external rive. As already state, OS 10.3.x ( Jaguar - soon to be Panther 10.4 ) can handle all that you need. Mac mini: http://www.apple.com/macmini/ On Jan 30, 2005, at 3:30 AM, Burhan Khalid wrote: > You didn't mention what operating system your Mac has, but if its OSX, > then you already have the makings of a very nice server system (OSX > has UNIX at its core, which includes user permissions and whole lot of > other stuff that you can read about at apple.com). > > A NAS device + OSX + user permissions would solve your problems. You > really don't *need* a server, unless you plan to add additional > services. For example, if you want to share a printer (or assign > print permissions, etc.) OSX can take care of this. > > Instead of adding the headache of an additional box to manage, get a > NAS device and offload your storage to it. Then, assign permissions, > quotas, etc. from OSX to the NAS device. > > For backups, you can burn DVDs of your data (believe it or not, 200 GB > isn't that much -- I have 200 GB of space on my personal box, and its > almost full), or you can purchase two NAS devices and mirror them.