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I have not read the whole thread, but I would like to give my 2 cents.
Like 2 months ago I purchased a 1TB Lacie D2 with eSATA, UUSB 3.0, and Firewire 800. It has yet to fail. I have not run it to much due to I have not really been editing much lately, but it has worked great so far. One thing I dont like about it is that it shuts off if you arent using it for 15 minutes. Not a huge pain in the ass, but its anoyying sometimes.
I also purchased a 500GB Lacie Rugged without Firewire or any of that good stuff. I bought this as a back up, and a HD for my travels. Its small, light, and works for me.
I have heard nothing but good things about the G Tech hardrives, but the Lacie have worked well for me.