So I should have picked up on it being very slow to load and respond when writing or deleting files last week. This morning it suddenly died/unmounted in the middle of a transfer and now gives the error message about being uninitialized. The drive is just dead right? Fortunately, the drive only contained backed up media files anyway. Probably time for me to stop buying the bestbuy/amazon BF type deal drives and invest in something more dependable? Transcend and now PNY...are patriot sandisk actually any better over the long term?