My only drives that died were Seagate. one was a 7200.9 320gb one a couple years back, the other was a much older model that was 160gb but I can't remember what model it was. All my WD and Samsung drives have yet
to fail and die out on me. I've had a WD Caviar black that's lasted for nearly 3 years so far and still ticking - will it die? Absolutely, but the age difference with my 320gb Seagate isn't much different, actually that 7200.9 was less than 3 years before it croaked.
Please say it isn't so Samsung! After the Fiasco with the 7200.10/7200.11 Seagate drives, I hope Seagate has learned their lesson if they do acquire Samsung. F3 and F4 drives are amazing.
If people are talking about subjective failure rates based on 1-2 HDD failures, they are will be sorely disappointed after a few years since all HDDs will fail.
The problem with this if you looked a few years back when Seagate was selling the .10, .11, and even .12 drives - there were many DOA's and large failure rates, check the amount of reviews on newegg. It was pretty bad. It's one thing for a drive to die out due to age, but another when you get one in a many that just flat out act as paperweights. Sure you can RMA it, but the number seemed way too high for a reputable company like Seagate, it wasn't on the level of warranting a recall, but it was pretty bad.Edited by yoshi245 - 4/18/11 at 8:01pm