i know how much you all hate rebates, and I know tiger direct hasn't gotten the best rep lately, but i'll post this anyway because it's too good to miss out on if you want to take the rebate chance:
i have an identical drive in my system already and I'm very happy with it. I've had it for about 9 months.
onrebate.com lets you file rebates online before mailing pieces in so you can track. I know that doesn't mean much, but at least if something's wrong you'll know more quickly than a regular MIR.
like i said, this is totally at your own risk, but in the case I think the deal is good enough where I'm willing to take the chance.
unless of course anyone knows of anywhere I can get the same deal in a store somewhere?