11.5 months, this one lasted; not good enough, Maxtor. Now I have to work out how to run their diagnostic tool so I can claim under the remaining 2 weeks of warranty. Boot-from-floppy's not much use if, like me, you no longer have a floppy drive. I suspect it's time to bite the bullet and get a CD writer.
Nice deal at Frys on an 80G Western Digital, though: $90 with $50 of rebates.