Neat pictures. I had to look up Rhyolite. That does sound like a neat and yet weird place.
I love coming across old pictures. I recently found a bunch I had scanned in when looking for a particular picture.
Your Seagate experience scares me. My 1tb drive in my Desktop is a Seagate. I keep it backed up to a RAID 1 Network drive with two Western Digital drives. But it would still suck if it failed.