From what I've seen, I like the way LCD rear projection TVs look. They aren't too expensive in the grand scope of things... but then again the pricing has been leveled pretty well between types of TVs.
I nearly bled to death from a nosebleed (had a veeery low platelet count).
I essentially had my jaw broken on purpose... Had an overbite so they fixed it surgically by splitting both sides of my lower jaw and moving it forward.
I have a bunch of nasty yet funny medical stories.
Mac OS Extended (Journaled) is probably what you want and what is best for you, unless you plan on hooking this drive up to a PC to transfer files or something. I don't think the partition type would have anything to do with the problems you're having though.
But I don't think it really matters that much. As long at it's not NTFS you'll be able to read and write (for the most part) and I'm sure it isn't since you can write to the thing. It sounds to me like either a hardware issue somewhere along the way (bad USB controller?) or a bad system file somewhere.