[QUOTE=CDan;2716979]Interesting numbers, but clearly skewed by the nature of the drives being used. Seagate and WD both produce a number of cheaper consumer level drives that fail more often. If these folks are buying drives based solely on price, they will be getting more of the cheaper drives and fewer of the more reliable models. So when grouped by drive maker, the brand that sells the most cheap drives will appear to be less reliable.
This type data is far more useful when tabulated by drive model than by maker.[/QUOTE]
Cheap drive doesn’t a unreliable drive make.
And as the text said - all of the drives are “consumer” grade drives, which offer the best capacity/price -ratio, so grouping by manufacturer is fair.
When buying a new drive, I - as one - will go to the one with the cheapest capacity/price -ratio (if not special usage - portable or SSD speed needed)
The most puzzling thing to me is what is said about the WD Green 3TB and Seagate LP 2TB drives. “…two specific drives that would not work well in their particular hardware configuration”
What kind of hardware configuration you will need that it destroys drives? At first I thought that in such a data storage company those “Green/Low power” drives would spin up and down repeatedly so they would fail immaturely. But wouldn’t the drives spin up and down at a elevated pace even at home usage? So those two drives would be not recommended (except for certain uses).