I know a bunch of terrible things have been said about this 500GB HDD.. after a bunch of solid reviews on Amazon and NewEgg, I decided to spring for LaCie's model to award myself with some beefy space. My journey was a fairy tale until I reached MacRumors to search up ways to maintain this drive. Now, i'm a bit worried as to whether I threw 100.00 at a great doorstop or a worthwhile investment. It's read as a "Seagate ST3500830A USB Device".. I assume that the HDD inside is actually a Seagate model (contrary to the Maxtors and Samsungs that people have been experiencing external hell with). I've read that external HDDs with Seagate drives are some of the most reliable, yet i'm also seeing the "caveat emptor" reviews of LaCie's external HDDs in general. Which to believe?! Ah, this is driving me crazy!