I thought I could use a bit more free HD space, so I decided to replace the smaller (500GB) HD and put a new 1TB drive to good use. Easy job, of course... but with my rotten luck, it was no wonder the expression of mine was not happy after I booted my rig up. The new HD was alright after quick format... but my full 2TB drive was gone! There had been no SMART warnings or anything suspicious in Windows logs previously, but now Windows did not see the drive. Restart, and quick check in BIOS... and seeing drive showing up as zero sized pretty much ruined my day. The drive is dead, as the result are same when tested on another computer. So, instead of gaining half TB, I lost one. Bigger disaster is nearly 2T lost files. The thing is, there are no backups, as those were for "archival purposes" and I can't afford big enough media for everything. Seems like hard disk failures are much more common nowadays. There was a time when 5-10 years was reasonably expected time for disk to last. Now they seem to be going belly up every now and then, usually sooner than later. RAID is not an option if you have lots and lots of data. It's just too costly. But what other choices there are... Hmm... Warranty Status In Warranty Expiration 24-Aug-2015 Nah, too much trouble to send it to who knows where.