Still a WD fan for speed, though they dropped the long warranties that they had when I bought my WD drives (all 5 year warranties). The Seagate's noticably slower on my computer. I do use a Seagate for my data drive and am happy with the choice mostly. I get a slight pause I never had with the WD dives when I open big subdirectories, though admittedly my MoBo has given me somme fits in my IDE channels in the past (mostly before I disabled the IDE RAID option). I also don't benchmark like I used to, so I can't say it's the drive... My only experience with drive failures on my home PC were Seagates, though they were full height SCSIs (about the perfect weight to curl). Lost 2 of them, ended up tossing the other 2 out.