In years back, I have usually bought external drive kits; but my LaCie 500gb external's fans became fairly noisy after I cleaned it up, and blew out the fans, but it never got better. I have a 2.0TB 7200 Seagate Barracuda XT, but I've noticed that it is fairly difficult finding a decent priced enclosure w/ 1394 400/800 plugs, so I can daisy chain them, which was always helpful copying data over. I was browsing on newegg- but there were a a bunch enclosures offering USB/1394 400/800, esata, etc, but they have had a ton of awful reviews. TIA p.s. quick question- I thought i read before unless I'm wrong that SMART status does not work with external drives via 1394 or USB, right?