I got this hard drive back in January 2000, it failed sometime after that and I RMA'd it. Then later it squeeked once or twice and got bad sectors. Those sectors stayed bad for about 2 years, then I took hddregen to it and got those back to life. Also somewhere in there I did that firmware patch. I come into work last week, and hear some not friendly sounds. Here is what happened: Yep, it completely scratched the metal surface on the platters off.