When we first got one of our HP servers I was replacing failed WD disks at the rate of one per fortnight. HP support told me that they were seeing this across lots of customers and had swapped to Seagate. I replaced entire RAID array with Seagate and those original disks are still happily going along a few years later.
Hmm tempting fate there *goes to check RAID health*.
Here, I now specify Hitachi when buying drives anyway, based on personal experience and evidence from other discussions and articles. Followed by WD.
Seagate just seem to have a bad habit of dying on us.
Excrement, I just got shipped one of these for my own personal pc build, turns out there are two types under the same model number, the two platter one which is decent and 30% faster and the three platter which is slow and unreliable, trouble is there is no way to tell other than weight now they have obscured the serial numbers. Apparently the 2 platter ones are about 500g and the 3 platter ones are about 600g.
Amazon.com: niels' review of Seagate Barracuda 2 TB HDD SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ...
Having just got a 600g drive I am sending it back unopened, cant trust WD drives due to my experiences in schools so looks like I am getting Hitachi if I can even source them here.
For an extra 75% on top yes, did a little research as I managed to return it, as far as we can tell the entire batch shipped to NZ were the dodgy ones, there were no two platter ones at the distributors at all.
Ended up getting A WD Green 2TB despite my massive mistrust of them as the only other stuff in the price range was Seagate which I had not checked out. Hitachi stuff was twice the cost for the same space so I decided against them.
Dispelling Backblaze's HDD Reliability Myth - The Real Story Covered « TweakTown
^ Basically what @CHR1S said. :)
Another report from the same company, so take with the same pinch of salt/caveats as the above: Backblaze Blog » Hard Drive Temperature – Does It Matter?
Overall, there is not a correlation between operating temperature and failure rates. The one exception is the Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB drives, which fail slightly more when they run warmer. As long as you run drives well within their allowed range of operating temperatures, keeping them cooler doesn’t matter.