I read a lot about maxtor failing, but I never personally experienced it. Anyhow, this is the older model of maxtor, before the seagate taking over, and most folks have high failing rate with them. I have 200gb maxtor, enclosed in an external case for my lappy, using via firewire port. I abused it big time and still not failing yet, I have it over 3 yrs already. I download things off newsgroup, I average over 20 gb downloading a day. I unzipped those big movies files and watched it then deleted it. So download, unzip, and delete at least 20 gb every day for the past 3 yrs and still no problems. My dad desktop has a maxtor as well, 200gb also, no problems so far, got it for $39.99 AR at Frys 2 yrs ago and no problems, but of course his desktop has light use unlike me, I abuse it everyday.