personally I find the whole "drive health" and "failure" concepts to be disgusting! Manufacturers have the technology and know-how to make drives that last much much longer.
To be fair to them, probably most/all of the ways they differentiate between cheaper and more expensive drives do
actually cost money.
But it's all about cyclical consumption instead of sustainability.
Yeah, MFW I have to throw some electronics in the "recycling":
I have never owned a Seagate barracuda drive that didn't fail before the warranty period expired (Before the Barracuda Pro came out).
I know they've had some reliability issues, but did you consider whether you might be subjecting it to any harsh vibrations, excessive workload, dirty power, or elevated temperatures? I've had a few HDDs die on me, over the years, but probably none within the warranty period and most had symptoms long in advance.
I don't trust any HDD manufacturer any more.
The older Backblaze data does suggest some significant difference between manufacturers, which lines up with anecdotal evidence of HGST being a pretty safe bet.
BTW, I just got > 7 years out of 5x WDC Black drives that were warrantied only for 5 years. They still work fine, but I decided not to risk keeping them in service.