Strike 1! Western Digital 500-GB external drive that powers up but then is completely silent.
Strike 2! A different WD 500-GB external drive model that powers up. But then the drive sounds like it keeps trying to spin up again and again and again.
Strike 3! An external Maxtor 750-GB drive that powers up, spins up, and mounts on the desktop. But when I try to actually use it, I get errors and delays. Disk Utility says it needs to be repaired even though I just freshly formatted it. 🙁
After striking out with Maxtor and Western Digital, the next batter up is Seagate. And I’m hoping to drive one out of the park, swing for the fences at 4 TB!!