I'm having problems with my hard drives, (they are all Samsung F1 and F3's, I either have two F1's and an F3, or two F3's and one F1). Anyway a few months ago one of the drives bit the dust, smoke poured out of it and it went to sit in the garden for a bit incase it was on fire inside it, drive now just clicks if I try to use it, so dead drive No 1. No 2. Failed yesterday, I dual boot W7 on No 2. and on hdd No 3. is Windows XP. HDtune report's No 2. as having bad sectors, this drive now seems lost to the gods too as I cannot format it or do anything with it. HDtune tune also reports a Spin Retry Count warning on No 3., a bit of googling shows this drive is probably failing too. Now I'm not a HDD killer, I still have a 17(ish) year old WD 640MB drive that works O_O However what worries me is how I have my computer tower at the moment, it's not on the ground, in fact it is leaning against the wall behind my monitor, the tower goes length ways along the wall. Could this be what's killing the drives, not having them level, or can I have them at any angle I want? Now this is a perfect opportunity to get an SSD boot drive, however I do need at least one storage drive. It's not the end of the world if the No 3. drive failed this second I don't have anything to back up, it's just game saves and crap that I loose, stuff like that. At 40 pounds a pop the Samsung drives are not expensive, but I would like to know why they keep dieing before I shell out for an SSD + F3, only to have the F3 die again in a few months. Temps are not a problem, HDtune reports my working drive at 22 degrees. With a big fan pointed at them in my Coolermaster 690 Advanced 2 case. So do they need to be level or not? Thanks for the help, love LeM edit: my tower and thus hard drives are probably at a 75 degree angle to the wall, top of tower touches wall, bottom is away from wall leaning against the metal monitor stand.