I wanted to thank everyone on this forum for all their input and especially the guys who work so hard to hack the firmware to make the drives the best they can be.
I am just jumping on the 3500 bandwagon today. I just ordered one from Newegg.com for 70 USD + 5 USD shipping and the free 5 DVD-R’s.
Thanks again to all. I didn’t want my first post here to be a “how does this thing work” type of post !!