|The variety of anecdotal experiences with technology is interesting. Someone's good or reliable technology is another person's bad or unreliable technology. |
For me, I've always like Seagate drives and their 5 yr warranties on some of their products; and in my experiences Maxtor and WD drives have been unfavorable. But I've seen lots of different drives fail - WD, Maxtor, Hitachi, IBM, Seagate, Quantum, Toshiba, Conner etc.
As far as WD vs. Seagate Barracuda 7200.12, not sure, I think I'd go with Seagate; HOWEVER, they did have issues with their 7200.11 drives:
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