UPS has delivered the replacement HGST drive and the label does indeed say 250GB SATA this time. Of course, I really better plug it in and check it works. My confidence in HGST is not exactly at an all time high.
Got an eBay link from Kate to a Malaysian Army MP's officer's dress cap. Would be handy for posh kit night at Beltring but the problem is: where the frak would I get the rest of the kit from?!? A thought: MP, officer, Chinese. How unpopular would that be in the Malaysian Army? ;-)