Originally Posted by Assirra
Honestly, i had a Seagate one first followed by 2 WD's.
Both WD's died now and the Seagate is still running strong.
Not using this as evidence or anything but i am staying far away from WD from now on.
And I've had the opposite experience. Of the two 3.5" Seagates I've had, one was throwing SMART errors upon arrival and the other died after a year of light duty service. Of the 17 3.5" WDs I've owned (fifteen are still in service), only two have died (one was quickly replaced under warranty, the other was an early Green with the excessive head parking issue that a computer shop had installed; it failed just outside the shop's 1 year warranty and I didn't know back then that I might have been able to get it replaced by WD directly). Seagates are the ones I'm staying far away from now.
However, once the Samsung 4TB SSDs are out later this year and then are down to a somewhat reasonable price (mayhap a year from now), I will be eschewing HDDs altogether and use SSDs only.