Well, it looks like my laptop hard drive bit the dust. I have a Dell D630 running Win7 Ultimate, and when I went to restart tonight, chkdisk came on after the windows loader screen and said my drive needed to be checked for consistency. It finds around 50 unreadable file record segments, tries to fix some stuff, and then gets to between 50-60% completed and reboots. Its been running this loop for about 2 hours now. Luckily, I'm fairly sure I have a reasonably new backup on an external drive. I'm looking at 3 possible hard drives to replace mine with. Each is a 500GB 7200 rpm drive, and fairly affordable. Here they are: Drive 1 Drive 2 Drive 3 The third drive, the Seagate, seems to be the cheapest and has the longest warranty by 5 years. However, the failed drive is a Seagate, so I don't know how reliable they are -- I've only had this one for 4 months or so, but don't have a warranty on it since I ripped out the hard drive from an external enclosure to use internally. I had 410GB of data on the old drive, so I want to get at least a 500GB. Does anyone know if one of these 3 drives is better and more reliable than the others? Is there another drive I should be looking at?