Thank you very much for the info--I am more concerned about the software that comes with the drive than I am the drive itself. As you probably know most drives are more or less the same. It's the software that "scares" me. I was recently burned after buying a seagate external only to find out that the software was bogus.
I would suggest not using any software that came with an external drive. If you understand the basics of copying files back/forth there really isn't a need to use that software. If you are using the drive as a backup drive you might want to try using something like, http://www.crashplan.com/ which will let you backup to a usb drive for free, or a lan drive for free.
I haven't really ever used software that shipped with an external drive so maybe i'm missing the point here. If there is some other function of the software you use please mention it and myself or other likely can suggest another program or method of doing what you need to.