http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=20139 Be warned. It seems Seagate may be welching on their wonderful 5 year warranty which all their IDE HDs have carried since June this year. For reference the industry moved down from the 3 year warranty which had been standard practice to just a 1 year warranty (for most of each companies HDs). As you can read it seems some (or most) of Seagate's HDs have a serial number which identifies them to Seagate as OEM ('component') which in Seagate's wierd world means it's up to the company you bought it from to offer you a warranty and nothing at all to do with Seagate! So if you bought a Seagate HD anytime since 1st June 2004 go to Seagate's site, check your HD's warranty and stand up for your rights. Of course this is only 1 article but it's certainly worrying. My apologies to anyone who has followed my advice and bought Seagate because of the 5 year warranty, I would have done the same had I needed a HD myself. They continue to score on the other counts of being quiet, cool and reliable but the 5 year warranty is what really made them the most desirable. Follow this one closely.