DATA: Those ubergeeks at Google (can't we go a day without saying or typing Google anymore?) released an interesting paper on observed hard drive failures in their data centers. It's called, aptly enough, Failure Trends in a Large Disk Drive Population. While it doesn't name names and point out which brands are the best and worst -- it does provide a lot of interesting analysis on when the drive is most likely to fail along with the optimal operating performance. Give it a look.