I have purchased a number of hard drives (1GB or less) from all of the different manufacturers and I have not seen much difference between any of them. I have experienced the WD problem where the drives simply stops and all that you get is the click of death. I have also had Seagate drives fail. I still got decent service out of all of them. Besides, as it turns out, Western Digital owns HGST, Fujitsu, Hoya, and Toshiba while Seagate owns Maxtor and Samsung so you only have two companies to actually choose from and that is Western Digital or Seagate. If the disk that you are looking at has a 3 to a 5 year warranty I wouldn't worry too much about which brand I bought.