The solution to my latest computer problems can be summed in three words: Die Maxtor Die. The last Maxtor hard drive I will ever buy is in the process of dying and of course, my paltry 1 year warranty ran out 1 month ago. Of course the Maxtor drive this one replaced died the week after its warranty ran out. No more. Seagate recently changed its warranty policy to 5 years. I see this both as confidence in their technology and a strong commitment to their customers. The best thing is that their drives don't cost any more than Maxtor's failure prone pieces of junk. The new one was a Compusa special for 160GB drive for $60 after a $50 mailin rebate. Even without the mailin the drive wouldn't have been any more for the extra warranty. Long live Seagate.