A few months ago I bought a WD MyBook 500GB external HD. I'm very happy with it, and have no issues with the HD itself; its performance has been flawless. The first problem I have is when I put the MBP in clamshell mode to use my external mouse/kb/display it drop the connection to the external HD (it is connected via FW800). Everything else works fine, but no connection to the external drive. The icon just disappears. I have to play what seems a rather random game of unplugging FW and power cables in different orders for 5-10 min before it finds the drive. Is there a better way to do this? It seems so random and it's a real pain in the arse. And I don't want to damage any data. Second question. I'm building a cheap gaming rig and way curious if I can plug the external into the win box (say via FW400 or USB) and have it read/writable by both the mac and windows box at the same time. The drive is formatted FAT32. Third, I keep my iTunes library on the external. Can I point a win copy of iTunes at the directory and share the library. Will the win box (vista home prem 64) play nice with my iTunes lib or jack it up? Do I need to import it onto the windows box? Any help would be much appreciated.