Agreed with moon on this one. Stay away from Maxtor. I had an internal die a few months back with no warning....less than a year old. Western Digital makes a good drive. I replaced the Maxtor with a 120 GB WD drive with no problems. The drive has good trouble shooting and backup software as well. I would assume the externals would be similar to the internals.
"Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day; teach a man to fish and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day" - Confucius' redneck brother