I've had two different laptop hdd's fail on me last year within a few weeks of installing ubuntu. Two different machines and both were brand new. My wife forbids me from installing again and I'm stuck with running off of a pendrive. One was Acer and one was Asus, both were fairly low-priced models.
Do I have bad luck or is Linux killing my disks? I remember some years back about a bug in the kernel that had to do with stopping the drives.