Joomla Home Drive??
Is there a component or something available which will let Joomla Users have their own 'online storage space' not like DOCman but which gives them the opportunity to upload documents to their 'staff section' for their own personal use without it appearing on the website for others to access?
I think you need to stop and take a step back... and think about the differences between a VLE and a website.
Joomla will never be as good as a proper VLE.
I agree - I have Moodle for that but this is just for a small number of users who want to add the odd document to their login on the website.