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One thing is certain here, before we start, all HD's will eventually die - fact.
Now. I had a WD firewire drive, with all of my iTunes on it, running permanently for 3 years +, and it was fine. I never had a problem with it not being recognised either, though I never put my Mac to sleep either!
It's as good a drive as any, and there's a sticky thread here with recommendations for external drives, so have a look at that for some other ideas.
I have never partitioned my drives either, no point to it really.
The start up disc thing just means that someone tried to use it as the main HD for the system. I'd ignore that, it can be done, but doesn't affect what you want to do.
I hope that helps.

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