Not sure if I'm using the right terminology, since maybe it wasn't a "crash", but here's what happened. I got a LaCie Rikiki Go 1 TB external USB drive a little over a month ago. All was well until yesterday. Yesterday morning everything was fine. Ejected it from the Finder and then unplugged it, and went to school. When I got back home I plugged it back into my macbook pro... and was met with a wonderful message: So I tried the other USB port... no luck. Tried a different cable... no luck Tried a different macbook pro (my girlfriend's)... no luck. In disk utility, the "hardware" line was visible, "1 TB TOSHIBA MK1059GSM Media", but there were no lines under that for partitions. I erased the drive and zero'd it out (I figure that should be an adequate test of writing errors, right?) Should I repartition it and go back to using this drive for backups? Or should I contact LaCie and ask them to replace it because I don't trust it to keep my data safe. I'm hoping somebody else out there with a better understanding of spontaneous hard drive failures could explain exactly what kind of event could cause a failure like that to happen... the drive was never exposed to shock or trauma or EM radiation or magnets or anything.... it lives a very sedentary life sitting on my desk at home.