Ok, I’ll admit it. I’m a total hard drive whore. I can never pass up the chance to get more storage, and so when a co-worker decided to sell off a 180 gig hard drive I was all over that like a zombie on the sweet tasty brains of the living. This brings me up to 280 gigs on my machine with another 8 gb sitting around waiting for me to find something to do with it. I’d copied over all my collected tv shows to the new drive and everything had been working fine for a couple days when I got a nasty surprise at work today. I logged in to my home machine from work via Remote Desktop to check on some eDonkey2000 file transfers that were running and found a ton of error messages and an inaccessible 180 gig drive. All my episodes of Space Ghost Coast to Coast, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Sealab 2021, MST3K, Simpsons, The Tick, Trigun, and the Brak Show flashed before my eyes in a bittersweet montage of hilarity. I had to nervously wait out the rest of the day at work before rushing home to see if I could salvage anything. I first applied the old stand-by of turning the power off and pressing on all the cable connections. Booted back up and… everything was back to normal. I don’t know if something was loose or if it was overheating, but I do know that nothing is worse for a hard drive whore than to have a disk that you don’t trust. The big drive is going to be on probation for quite a while until I feel safe putting anything on it again.