lol - hmm what kind of nuts are you eating there ?
5 months is not enough to judge a good HDD - Wait over 9 months and then we'll talk
I have a dozen maxtors here and 6 on both PCs and all are running 24/7, not a problem so far.
Maxtor did have its share of problems a while back with defective drives circulating. I often buy and test hardware and I notice that things now are not as well built as they used to be..... Not only flimsier but cheaper electronic components.