Long time lurker, first time poster here.
So I have run into a slight dilemma here. My media library is growing quite large, and I have the need now to expand to external storage. I am currently waiting for the hopeful Mac Mini refresh coming out in June/July, and using that as my HTPC. The main reason I am waiting is because of Ivy Bridge and the potentially better integrated graphics, not to mention I am willing to wait.
I have been reading up online, and I have discovered a few things. Initially I just wanted get a regular USB 2.0 external, but I didn't want to use up the ports, but more importantly, I didn't think that it would be fast enough. So I thought Firewire. I could buy multiple drives in the future, and just daisy-chain them, and that speed would suffice. But I have been reading that Apple may not be including FW800 on future products. It also looks as though support for USB 3.0 is kind of sketchy at best for the future. Thunderbolt is a great idea for multiple interfaces, but for simple external storage it is a bit overkill IMO.
I know there are a lot of options, and I think I have burned though them all, just looking for the best, here are the best ones I have thought of...running on a 2008 MBP currently FYI...
Buying FW800 drives and chaining them for the time being, and then if the new Mini comes with a FW800 port all is good. If not it will use up the majority of the USB ports. Assuming they are USB 2.0 ports, it would be relatively slow for large files.
Buying a USB 3.0 drive, and use as USB 2.0 for the time being and hope the new Mini supports USB 3.0
I am open to buying a current gen Mini as it does support FW800, only drawback is that it would not be Ivy Bridge, but even that I know is not guaranteed for the new release.
Also one more quick inquiry, assuming 3 x 1TB HDD can be had for the same price as 1 x 3TB HDD, what would be preferred?
If I have made any misstatements please let me know. Any and all help is appreciated.