would this be advisabled? I am currently using a WD passport SE which seems to be ok. Just wondering if they can take a beating? Id rather use usb powered as im limited on plug sockets where my desk is... I am using it 50/50 atm mainly just data. But i want to format it ready for a scratch disk. Also would buying a longer usb cable, effect the data transfer? (stupid question, but i thought i would ask) id like to stick them to the under neath of my desk to give the minimal look sorry about all my questions about external drives and scratch disks etc. But you will be glad to know im going for the G-Tech external firewire option, for data storage.