So my first samsung drive to ever die, is happening right now. I'm kinda bored watching it transfer files at 300KB/s, so i thought i'd post up my experience and 'solutions' here to help people out if they end up in the same boat. How it started: Turned on my E-sata cage, and heard a funny noise. sounded like a duller, quieter version of capacitor whine. Or say, the whine a raptor makes. Current face: The next step: I went to copy files to it. They were chugging along at a massive 300KB/s. Current face: Then the PC started freezing. pausing, stuttering etc. Current face I turned off the E-sata cage to see wtf was wrong with my PC, and the problem went away. realised my drive was possibly screwed. Current face: So i cleared some room off my other drives, and started backing up data. The pauses got more and more severe, to the point my display driver was crashing, and explorer would lock up. Chance of file recovery at this rate: zero. Current face: At this point, i figured i may as well wipe out any and all possibilities here. I connected the hard drive up to another machine (my media PC) and shared the drive remotely. Same issues. still Then i tried teracopy pro. While the programs buggy and outdated, it has one massive benefit: when it crashes, it doesnt take explorer with it... and it shows me the file name of the one that crashed . Current face: Where i'm at currently, is watching teracopy pro take the files from my HDD over the network to the other drives in my E-sata cage, at speeds that vary from 12KB/s to 85MB/s. So far ive lost about 2GB of 900GB that was on there, with about 400GB backd up. Current mood: Out comes the bundy and coke while i watch this slooooowly copy.