Some decent suggestions... the only problem is I'm using a laptop. I may be able to try sticking the drive in the old desktop I havent used in a while. nudone, your point about the video is a good one especially since avi's give the most trouble. wmv and mpeg work. The only problem is that once I get the I/O error on a file it's corrupt and I have to delete it (it does delete fine so maybe it's not corrupt, I dont know). Honestly I can live with not playing video files from the drive, I'm just concerned that I wont know which files wont until it's too late!
mouser, yes, I heartily agree that the external drives are sweet. I'm trying everything I can with this one... the fact that it works most of the time gives me hope! I'll keep your offer in mind, though at ~$18 a pop, buying a new enclosure isnt out of the question (especially since I will probably expand to multiple external drive backups at some point anyway). Thanks, and any more ideas are welcome. If I get time tonight I'll try some different configs. Oh, and the USB 2 thing... I'm assuming it's recognizing as USB 2 due to the speed involved, however, where would I be certain of that? In device manager? Thanks,