I'v had my 120gig Maxtor for 3 years, its been every United states, South Korea, Kuwait, Iraq, States again, and back to iraq. There is sand and dust everywhere and I use it all the time. The thing is I try my best to keep it clean, CanAir, Static Free wipes, Clean area to operate. I clean my Laptop constantly. I currently have two 120gig HD, two 60gig HD, one 40gig HD, two 512mb Thumbdrives, I have a lot of media and personal data in which I always need to have concerning my job. My advice is clean your equipment!! clean your area!! don't download Viruses!! I only connect my HD when I need them, that way I don't crash then doing something stupid. Well I hope this advice helps.