Ok, cool. It's getting hard to tell when people are actually making a valid point, versus finding anything they can to pounce on, to try and humiliate you, or bait you into a flaming war, on these forums, in general. Thanks for being clear about it. Just out of curiosity, what did you adjust the acoustic management setting to, and with what drive models, if you don't mind sharing? I just did some shopping around, and found that normal retail/online pricing for the 1TB-2TB bare drive is $10 more than the external, with the same drive inside (and the bonus parts, that can be repurposed). Like I said, there is the downside of shaving a year off the warranty for external drives, and no-warranty if you mark up, or damage, the case opening it. It seems that most problem drives are DOA, quick sudden death, or come up with bad sectors when tested right out-of-the box. It seems like if you don't have any detected issues in the first month, you'll likely get three years of problem-free service, thus negating the need for a long warranty (when it comes to WD - not sure how the other drive makers are in these areas).