My microdrive died this weekend. Spinning media really sucks, especially in portable devices. I didn't drop it or anything. I put it in my USB reader and copied over a video file, it all worked fine. Then I removed it and put it into my Ipaq (power off) and it was no longer recognized. Now it seems to have a mini 'click of death' sound coming from it.
What makes this an even larger shame is that I was on a forum a week or so ago defending their reliability. Oh well.
I looked online to see how much they are now, and they have really come down in price over last year. About 160.00 now for 4G. They also have the 6G generally available now. Flash is still too expensive for large sizes.