|Depending upon your "geek factor," you might consider a DNS-323 --
Plug in 1 or 2 SATA drives and build a RAID-0 or -1 array. Runs linux, and can be easily hacked to boot into a full linux dist. I have mine running the latest Debian stable, NFS, CIFS, apache, bittorret clients, etc. Rock solid and decently priced. I picked up the my 323 and two 512G drives from //www.newegg.com/ for less than 400 shipped.
For lightroom, moving files can be accomplished two ways:
- In Lightroom itself, just go to your folder view, click "+" and add a folder at the new location where you wish to move your photos. Then, just click on your existing photo folder and drag it to the folder you just created.
- Outside of Lightroom: Exit Lightroom. Move your folder as desired. Start Lightroom. When you get a "missing pictures" count over in the folders view, right click and select "locate missing pictures". You only have to find a single picture (or folder), and Lightroom will automagically find the rest.
For moving folders around, there is no need for the XMP sidecar files. As fotomann said, though, the sidecar files are very handy if you want to "pass information" (photo adjustments) between Lightroom and another application, though. So, I'm not saying you shouldn't turn them on -- I'm just saying you don't need them specifically for moving folders around. If you do decide to turn on sidecar files for automatic updates, be sure you are running Lightroom 1.2. There is a significant performance issue in previous versions, especially if you house your photos on an external or network-attached device. (I speak from personal experience -- it's a painful process to turn it back off and "clean up" if you have a large collection). Otherwise, you can just write the sidecars manually -- individually or in sets -- by using the "Save Metadata to Files" command.
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