Sorry, I know I now sound exactly like the morons I despise on Internet, but here goes
I also own a 250GB Maxtor. The first one was DOA, so this is the replacement. After the DOA unit (yes, after...) I checked some other customers' experiences on the net, and Maxtor got a bashing. Western Digital seemed to be better. It seems the problem is the lack of cooling. No fan - a wonderfully quiet disk, but overheats and dies.
My conclusion - I use the disk only for backup, and it is rarely powered on.
My son has an internal 300GB Maxtor in his Mac. No problems whatsoever.
Thanks for the info, mine seems to run warm but nothing I wouldn't consider normal, so I'll keep an eye on it. Critical stuff gets burned onto DVD. I dont work in a particularly warm environment so perhaps this might help, where did I put that ice bucket!
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