Re: I'll never buy Seagate again
It's all anecdotal, and I've been having the same conversation for decades (remember Maxtor / IBM etc.?)
But when I took over my latest workplace they had Seagate in all their servers and all their NAS (some of which were brand-new).
Within a year, I'd had so many failures that I was sick of it and replaced them all with WD. I'd literally never done more rebuilding of RAID arrays in any other job until I took over those Seagate devices (and, yes, they were "enterprise" versions and not just cheap consumer junk). Even the Seagate replacements (I literally order identical model numbers when the server-drives fail, to get an exact match) died at just the same kind of rates.
Meanwhile the clients were all WD Blue and never had a single problem.
Since I replaced them all, I haven't had a single failure in 3 years, and I estimate there are probably 200-250 hard drives on site for various jobs (from CCTV to NAS to RAID to workstation etc.).
I always avoided the arguments of old (back in the IDE / 20Mb drive days) of which manufacturer was better as it was mostly subjective and we only ever had a couple of hard drives anyway. But I have to say that this place has completely destroyed my trust in Seagate drives.
I actually get better reliability out of the cheapest-of-cheapio SSDs that are used 24 hours a day than I did out of enterprise Seagate hard drives.
And, just for reference, I have Samsung / Crucial SSDs in dozens of machines, WD Blue in hundreds of machines, WD Reds in their dozens, plus dozens of IBM-supplied (HGST really?) drives for the "serious kit" on the server / storage end.