I just received a new Infrant ReadyNAS NV+, a 4-disk network attached storage device. I've loaded it with 4 1TB Hitachi HDDs and it's initializing the RAID array as we speak. This could take a while. I have an earlier model of the same NAS with 4 500GB HDDs but it's almost full, plus I figure to leave it home when I go to my new overseas job. Before I left for Iraq, I didn't take the precaution of setting up my home domain (actually just a workgroup) so it could be accessed from the Internet. I'm correcting that oversight before I punch out this time. The new NAS will forward deploy with me, pre-loaded with a lot of the files on the old NAS. Plus I'll be able to reach back over the Internet and retrieve files from the old NAS. There is one small problem with the new NAS, but I knew this going in. It uses Infrant's proprietary flexible RAID management software, called X-RAID. In it's current state, X-RAID will not support a HDD larger than 666GB or a total volume larger than 2TB. Once initialized, my array should be 2.6TB in RAID5 but it will only come to 2TB. I'll have to wait for the next firmware update (which is overdue and I think is proving problematic) to grow it to full capacity. I could use the built-in RAIDs 0, 1 or 5 and bypass X-RAID's current limitations but there are advantages to X-RAID. Most notably, when even larger HDDs become available, I'll be able to add them to the array one at a time, resync, then add another when I can afford it. Once all four HDDs are of the new, larger size, X-RAID automatically will expand the array to the full size available with the new disks. Presuming, of course, the updated X-RAID will support HDDs and an array that large. Based on the initialization of the old, 1.3TB NAS, I figure the initialization in progress will take about 12-14 hours.