I am currently using a Maxtor OneTouch III Triple Interface (USB2.0/FW400/FW800) drive, and the drive has been making loud noises for a long time now. Since it didn't affect the integrity of the files inside, I did not pay attention to it until now. I am pretty sure it is not a head failure, because the noise does not sound like the plate is being hit (I might be wrong). The noise sounds like a machinery whining noise. Has anyone experienced this problem? This is the second time I have a drive from Maxtor with the same problem.