Not going to melt in your mouth unless you have a high fever.
So it's going to be like chewing on chocolate flavored crayons.
That Accuraterip list is horribly outdated for new purchases.
Almost none of the models that do well in their stats are for sale anymore.
Most are IDE as well.
That said, the disadvantage that BOTH of them have (namely being a physical item requiring shipment)
That isn't necessarily a disadvantage. Games may take up to two or four years to develop. People anticipate a new game coming, and will pay and order it. The built in 'dongle' copy protection of a physical item being needed to play the game keeps the content paid for, and people don't mind having something to look forward to having arrive in the mail in a few days.
The instant gratification of online games has it's draw, but it's not a requirement for many customers.
This is a discussion of offline backup (notice all the "use tape" responses), harddrive copies can be kept in a offsite location just like tapes.
Any kind of realtime multi-site or off-site backup involves mega bandwidth.
Drobo is a proprietary solution, single vendor, single source.
Just because you had some problems with Samsung means nothing about their general reliability.
A few specific models have had problems, such as the IBM "Deathstar" models, or the recent Seagate firmware problems, but there is no evidence that whole brands are less reliable.
Read the Google report on drive brands, there are no clear winners or losers across brand lines in their exhaustive real world tests.
As far as I can see, there are no internal Maxtor branded 2TB drives.
Isn't the Maxtor brand fading away?