On my G4 Dual 1 Gig Power Mac I've been running various FireWire 400 external hard drives over the last couple of years and have had 3 of them die in the last 4 months. I've done all the repair utilities and no help - LaCie tells me that they have probably just failed and need replacement. I've seen lots of posts on different forums - a lot of people seem to have this happening quite often. My question: Does anyone know if the External Hard Drives with FireWire AND USB 2.0 connections will be more reliable and longer lasting if I use the USB port? I really don't want to be buying new drives every year or two. Also: What brand do you consider to be the most reliable external hard drive? How about the least reliable? Thanks!