Black Wizard==I like and follow your approach "except" I think multiple harddrives is superior in case of drive failure. I've had two go bad without warning so I think a one harddrive strategy is too risky. I am going to 2 partitions on each harddrive. Some internal, some external but the first partition is a backup boot drive with all the programs. The second partition is all the data files. Some of these data files are in fact backup images that can be restored if needed. I also have backed up all my program disks to nero iso images so that these can be mounted and used when needed or burned to a disk as a backup. Those images are spread around my disks as well. Why do all this?? Because I have lost data and I don't like it. I have burned some of the images to disk using Acronis but Acronis has failed on me during restore causing more problems than they "should" have. Harddrive backup is the way to go.
I didn't realize that JBOD could be managed that way. Have to think about that approach rather than my 2 partition many drives approach. For one, my motherboard only has two sata connections.. ((so many ignorance based theoretical questions are raised (smile))
BCN==I have stayed at 120 gigs just because all drives will fail someday and the loss of that much data would be distressing. Also, I only just recently upgraded to win2k and I'm afraid of certain programs not working during disaster recovery if somehow the computer reverts to a small drive mode. I haven't seen anyone complain of this, but most issues are "unknown" until they happen to me.
vdk==that is alot of documents unless you are a librarian, author, researcher, avid e-book reader, or that is what you call your porn collection. (smile!)
JM==I missed that in yesterdays review of "techbargains." But I take your advice re using multiple drives. Best Buy also has 80 gig sata drives at a small price increase once the cost of an adapter cable is added in. Hmmm. Should I buy a plastic case so that I have to use Sata? Geeks want to play!!!!!!