Dear friends, I'm really getting desperate here I think I have some misterious deadly effect upon Apple hardware. I think my hard-drives all get some sort of hard-drive cancer or maybe hard-drive flu I got my first Mac, which was a unibody MacBook 2 GHz with a 160 Gb HD last May. The hard drive on that machine died in like 4 months! OK, I thought, things like that happen... good think I had the Time Capsule and had been backing up regularly... Apple replaced the drive @ no charge, of course... OK, things happen I guess. Anyway, I bought a MBP 15" with 500 Gb Hitachi in October, and the HD dies WITHIN 2 MONTHS I mean... what the hell?? Anyways, Apple was kind and replaced it under warranty and all was well until today when... you guessed it! The hard drive died on me again!!! Sudden arrest, the poor thing did not even suffer... (I tried to shock it twice @ 360 Joules but to no avail, it went asystolic ) Now, even if I get it replaced for free, it's simply getting annoying already Even if I don't have to pay, this is #3 drive that dies on me in 8 months! I'm tired of going to the Genius, waiting for the replacement, then having to restore everything from my Time Capsule all over again...... Guys, anyone had a similar problem? What am I doing wrong? My computers don't eat McDonald's, they exercise regularly and have their flu-shots, WHY ARE THEY DYING LIKE THAT?? I've been using computers since early 90's and not once I had an HD mal before starting to use Apple. I use my MBP pretty heavily, the 500 Gb drive was perhaps 70% full. Work stuff (tons of TIFFs), movies, making own videos (not professionally), web surfing, sometimes torrents, messaging etc. I'm carrying it in my backpack usually, and it rides on the passenger seat of my car (sporty stiff suspension). I also sometimes read books or surf the web while semi-laying in bed or an arm-chair. I do sometimes hear the heads park when I move it somewhat briskly. But never did I drop it or hit it! I suspect it is partly my own fault, but I'm looking for constructive advice. I cannot realistically keep the laptop on my desk all the time or get a Buick with a soft suspension I was thinking to get an SSD (have one in my old MacBook now) but they are still too small + quite expensive. What if I bought a good 500 Gb drive, like a WD Black whatever, instead of getting another muribund Hitachi for free. Would it be worth the expense??? Or should I just stick to desktops ???