I'm a little shocked to say that my PB 17" 1.5 (so you know how old it is) lost its main 80 Gig 5400 rpm drive this weekend. Bad noises, grinding and an inability to read data and boot. I'm in a small European country with no Apple support right now and sent the machine back to LA with my girlfriend (here for the weekend) to be repaired ASAP under warranty. The good news is that I should have it back in the next couple of days (Apple are slow but Apple authorized in Hollywood can do things on the spot). I know drives are mechanical and unpredictable but I wonder if 5400 rpm units are flaky? I've not seen any 80 Gig 7200 rpm units on the market and am beginning to think that speed might increase error rates and thus be avoided in favor of reliability. My PB lives on desks and travels between them in a Zero Halliburton briefcase (and not the cheap one either). I don't smoke and the thing has never been handled roughly. I know the drive failure is not related to my treatment of the machine. Anyone else had a problem with a new PB drive? Penman. PS Yes I have backups - that's not the point though. PPS So there.