Just treat any drive like it is going to fail, because they all will eventually. I work in IT and have seen plenty of drives of every manufacture fail. I have also wiped and recycled even more drives that were still functioning fine. Just pick up whatever fits your performance/price needs and keep backups of anything you can't afford to lose and you will be fine.
I haven't had one in a good while, but just about every Seagate I've had over the last 20 years has died on me eventually. I've never had that issue with WD or Hitachi. Anecdotal I know, but I personally won't ever buy a Seagate drive again.
More important where you get them than anything else.
Price is usually the driving factor for me but I lean towards Seagate generally. The issues they had years ago were limit to specific lines and hasn't been a problem at all since. It's just fun for people to rag on Seagate and maintain the stigma even though it has no relevance today.
"The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own."