I've gone trough a couple in the past ten years or so. Two Maxtors blew up on me, with all my data and vacation photos gone (doh). I also had an interesting incident with some generic harddrive from an Acer Travelmate 220 (Bye bye music, documents, photos). The only harddrive I've had longer than a year without wigging out on me would be, ironically enough, a 4gb and an 8gb Quantum Bigfoot-both from 1997. These guys keep going and going and going, and I haven't had a problem with them to this day. The only inconvenience would have to be the fact that they are bigger than the average external dvd burner...... So how have you done with HDs? Suggestions, horror stories?