Re: I still haven't forgotten, WD!
I suspected as much from the Reds. I didn't know how they could claim a higher MTBF for what is essentially a Green with tweaked firmware with a moderate price increase.
Now I know - they didn't affect the MTBF at all, they merely adjusted a few settings to make the drive self-destruct later rather than sooner.
There were reports of some Linux boxes chewing up the Load Cycle Counts in 2 years. Even my Black drives after 2.5 years of service have gone though 200,000 of the reputed 300,000 life count - and one of those drives has become flakey too. I'm now running higher end Blacks (WD call them enterprise), and the Load Cycle Count is sitting at 1, after a couple of months.
As long as you stay away from the bottom end of the market (where their bread and butter is) the more you pay, the better you get. Sounds obvious, though I'm sorry to see the relevant utilities no longer work - preventing you from getting a cheap drive that isn't entirely a piece of crap.