Poor Mini alone in the basement... LOL..!!
I have my Mini 9 attached to my LCD TV and to a 320GB portable USB drive where I have a bunch of movies stored. Whenever I download something, I pass it to the USB drive attached to the Mini. I guess is kind of what you're doing with the exception that my Mini is not on the basement all alone... hahahaha... It works for me and all this is done via Wireless...
MY VOSTRO A90:
Cherry Red Lid, Kingston HyperX 2GB RAM CAS 3, RunCore 64GB SSD, 16GB SDHC Class 6, Bluetooth, 1.3MP Webcam, Intel 3945abg WiFi Card, WinXP Home SP3, BIOS A06