73 months ago
This seemed relevant, so I thought I'd share it here: http://blog.backblaze.com/2014/01/21/what-hard-drive-should-i-buy/
Backblaze (a cloud-based backup solution, for anyone unfamiliar with them) posted statistics on the reliability rates for the different drives they use. Some of the numbers are pretty astounding. For instance, The Seagate drives they use apparently only had a 73% rate of survival after 3 years of use, whereas Hitachi's and Western Digital's were around 97% and 95%, respectively. Even so, they still say that their preferred drives are Seagate's in many cases, simply as a matter of cost.
Some of the statistics may prove useful to any system builders interested in picking reliable drives, as well as for steering folks away from some particular models that have high failure rates.