Ok, i am now in need of more storage, as my storage is starting to fill at a rapid rate, and also starting to sound crunchy as hell, noise of the drives has definatly gone up with no increase of the size of data stored. So rather than testing them which would stress them to hell, i shall gracefully retire them into a long term backup solution via NAS or something, i.e once a day backup but keeping total data low on the drives. Incase your interested there both Maxtor 160GB SATA, from after the seagate purchase of maxtor i believe. I shall keep my Hitachi 250GB HDD 8mb cache as boot for now, potential shifting games and large apps on the 1TB to speed up general performance. Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1TB SATA-II 32MB Cache Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000 1TB SATA-II 32MB Cache the seagate is a little cheaper, and i would rather avoid samsung spinpoints due to QC issues i remember hearing. I want solid performance and long life. I have always trusted Hitachi drives but the maxtors (160GB) were bought on the cheap as i was in need of drives as i jumped from IDE to SATA, right after a new mobo purchase which caught me out with only one IDE channel! (needed for Opticals) I will in the next coming months be upgrading my opticals to SATA, and my Boot drive, but i want boot to be small, so any single platter drive suggestions aswell would be cool!