New to the forum, but not to Seagate, WD, HGST and the others. I remember back when Seagates were the cream of the crop and on the cutting edge like the Cheetah drives.
But then they had pricing pressures as 'consumer' drives came into play which let to Mr. Shughart who basically invented hard drives and was the founder of Seagate to be ousted from his own company by shareholders. Well, that caused a lot of carnage over the years as their product became consumer garbage, even on the high end. And WD, et al stepped up their game and started to innovate and make great products like the velociraptor series.
And then merger mania has absorbed a lot of the names of old--Quantum, Maxtor, Connor, Miniscribe(?), IBM and more. Today, basically Seagate and Western Digital absorbed everyone else.
And some of the products are quite impressive. I just hooked up an old WD RE series to an old HP laptop via esata and was surprised to see read and write speeds well over 100Mb/sec sustained for reads and writes. I remember the days when these were just internal transfer speeds...
I primarily get HGST and WD Black for anything important with 5 yr warranties and 1M+ mtbf. I'll grab other drives if they're cheap, but they will never be primary--only backups. And as usual, 3 backups, 2 different locations, 2 different media to be safe.