Pick any two
Seagate has long been my brand of choice for hard drives. I have never had one of their drives fail. I still use one of their 9 GB SCSI drives in an old Sun Ultra 5. That drive is about 12 years old. Recent news makes me wonder if I've been lucky and whether I need to start looking elsewhere.
In the past, I've lost more WD drives than I can count but they seem to be doing better in recent times. I lost all four drives in a Hitachi RAID within one week of each other (makes you really doubt the controller). I lost one of the four in an old Maxtor RAID, but there have been no issues with the RAID in the approximately 2 years since replacing that drive.
I have about 15 Fujitsu drives that are still in their static wrap. A friend gave them to me after having an entire RAID replaced off an RMA. He never trusted the drives enough to use them after that. I never hooked them up either so I don't have any personal experience with them.
No experience with Samsung drives either.
This also opens the door for other more mischievous (and here) uses — "Suddenly we have a massive increase in terms of . . . cryptography cracking. Eight-character 'strong' passwords can be broken in a couple of days whereas before it would take weeks."
Although this won't exactly be challenging SSH and other methods of securing systems any time soon, the fact that there is so much more cheap processing power available has to have some security implications."
Link to Original Source
"Our analysis identifies several parameters from the drive's self monitoring facility (SMART) that correlate highly with failures. Despite this high correlation, we conclude that models based on SMART parameters alone are unlikely to be useful for predicting individual drive failures. Surprisingly, we found that temperature and activity levels were much less correlated with drive failures than previously reported.""