Well, I think my iBook killed my external HD. I have and a Maxtor 500 gb OneTouch 4 Plus connected to my iBook G3 dual USB that I used to keep my startup disk as clear as possible. I had it connected with firewire because I couldn't imagine USB one being useful for that much space. I was surfing the web, typing some homework, and listening to music when I got a message that said that the device was removed improperly, and that I needed to eject it properly next time. Obviously confused, I checked the connections and plugged the HD back in and nothing... at all. System profiler doesn't even show that the HD exists when I use firewire or USB. I even tried it on my mom's Macbook, and it doesn't do anything. Is there anything else I can try? Am I screwed? One more thing, how can you tell if a firewire port is busted? I thought about Target disk mode, but I don't want to fry my iBook or my mom's Macbook. Thanks in advance.