Hello all. Just needed some help picking out a good brand of external HDD case. I currently have a maxtor 300GB HDD placed in a generic case which totally sucks monkey balls! This is the second HDD that I have used in this particular case, and I am pretty sure that the case is the problem. It will automatically disconnect itself, or I will have to powercycle the case about 5 times for the computer to even recognize it as a drive. My current case is a generic 3.5" USB2.0 + IEEE1394a case. It is an EIDE/ATA/PATA case. It is housing a Maxtor 300GB HDD EIDE, of course. I am looking for a case that is of excellent build quality, is EIDE/ATA/PATA and has USB2.0. Firewire is not a MUST, but is recommended. I am not too worried bout price, just not more than $45 or so. I have a Macally for my 2.5" and I love it. WIll I get the same great service out of a 3.5" macally? Thanks in advance. suppachipmunk ---On a side note, I am looking to replace my laptop optical drive. Any recommendations? I am looking at a Pioneer K-17. Anything I need to know about them?