I don't know what it is but I seem to have the worst luck when it comes to hard drives these days.
The Western Digital 160GB Caviar SE that I bought in March to replace my last dead drive decided it was going to fail on me last night with a Read Element Failure. It is always great to hear the heart warming sound of the click of death.
This makes it the third hard drive to fail in a row over a span of the past two years and I always have a fan blowing on it so it wasn't a case of overheating.
I guess they don't make them like they used too as my eight to thirty gigabyte drives are still running great. I will say that this doesn't bother me too much because I use rsync to maintain a copy of my home partition on my file server.
Anyway, I have sent in for an Advanced RMA so I am hoping my new drive comes soon.
I would like to hear some hard drive recommendations from people if possible just in case this next drive dies as well.