Okay, before you jump all over me, I have Mroogled and can't find enough information to make a conclusion. I've narrowed my search for a FW800 drive to the LaCie D2 Quadra 1TB or the WD MyBook Studio 1TB as both are in my price range and have received relatively similar reviews. My questions: I've read mixed opinions from users here about their experiences of failure with both Lacie and WD drives. Is there anywhere that I can find raw data of failure rates? Also, from the two I listed, which company has the best warranty (and customer service). Because I realize that sometimes paying a little more will reap benefits of superior customer service in the long run should I have an issue. Both those models are offered in refurbished flavors for $20-30 less than New. What are your experiences with refurbished drives? The Lacie drive has a 32mb buffer whereas the WD has 16mb, will there be a significant speed boost from the larger buffer? FWIW, this drive will be mainly used for my backup and photo storage to free up space on the MBP, so it will not run 24/7 but still fairly often.