Backup. One word that you need to apply to important documents. I have an 80Gb and a small "travel" style 20Gb that can be taken anywhere. So one day I notice that the 20Gb is not on so I flick the switch and wait for a few minutes, a few ticks and a spinning hard-drive noises emmited from the drive. Then a screen that you want to avoid comes up, "The drive that you attempted to mont has not been formatted, you can either format it (and lose all work) or ignore it. Well, I'm a bit ignorant so I ignored it and flicked the switch off then on again with the same results. After doing this five times I begin to feel a bit worried, my stuff is trapped in a shell the has slammed itself shut. I start up in OS 9 and try my luck another five times with the same results, only difference is that a grey clunky box is telling me the bad news. I start up in OS X again and run disk utility on the sick drive with hope of analysing the symptoms, something about file overflow (I'm an average consumer that is only 14 yrs old, I don't know what the hell that means), I try to repair and nothing happens. Now it is off to the techs with the hope of a nation. It's OK if I lose it all, only Music, image scans, a few movies and school work from last year. I shall keep ye posted on the developments.