I used to love Seagate. I guess this was during the 20GB to 300GB days. They were the only manufacturer that offered a 5 year warranty (when the other companies were offering only 1 to 3 years), and their drives were reliable and fast.
Sometime in 2009, I bought a 1TB Seagate drive out of loyalty to the brand.
I've always purchased Seagate drives, because that's what I can find easily around here. Never had an issue, until I got a 2TB unit that started to behave oddly. SeaTools found lots of errors, but fixed them.
Have a MacBook Pro running OS X Mavericks with a SSD that has a 250 GB capacity which is almost full.
Over the past 2 years, I have used numerous (from Western Digital to Seagate) external hard drives to store data via Time Machine and they all have crashed. I heard the best one to get is a Hitachi and also make sure its a solid state drive (SSD).
I've been using 3GB/s RE4 drives in RAID 1 and have been happy so far. But I've recently learned of the WD AV drives designed for always on streaming. The RE4's have 64MB caches while the AV drives have a 32MB cache. The 3Ware 9550SXU controllers have their own cache.
I have 5 x Western Digital 1.5TB Enterprise SATA Hard Drives available for sale, part number WD1502FYPS. $50 each or $200 for all 5, prices include shipping. These drives are equipped with 64MB Cache and are optimized for low power usage in a DataCenter environment.
Looking to buy 2 of Samsung 1TB (103SJ) or Western Digital 1TB (WD1001FALS) hard drives. The newer the better (Pre-2012 samsung, 2012 and later is seagate junk). Not looking to spend more than $50 a drive, preferably $80-$90 for a pair/1 of each.