I have had the LaCie Porche Design FW ext HD for my recording storage for a few years now, and never had a single problem. Today, I hear a strange whining sound, and I follow my ears to this drive. I wasn't even doing anything on it. It was merely mounted. Luckily, I did a backup back in the summer, and have done very little recording since. Maybe a track or two, a tweak or two, and one whole new songs that I can easily reproduce. It shows up on my Mac in System Profiler, and Disk utes, but it won't mount. I've turned it off, let it cool down for a couple of hours and restarted it, nada. I've rebooted about 5 times, and nothing. Disk utes won't mount it, either, though it is there in the sidebar. So I thought I'd pull the drive out and pop it into a usb case I have, but there's no damn screws at all on this thing to open it with! It's a good thing I don't have any hair, or I'd be pulling it out by now! So, I guess the only way to get the drive out is to bust the case open? I'll have to have some place I know of try and recover the data from it I guess. Then I'll need a new HD. So, here's a question. Can one record to a flash drive? I have heard that they are faster than a spinning drive, and I have heard they are not. If they are fast enough to record on, would they make a good choice for storage for recording?