I have the option of choosing either a Seagate or Western Digital hard drive for the new build I am doing for my parents. I only need a relatively small hard drive (320GB would be fine) but I have heard that there are some problems with Seagate firmware recently. I need reliability over anything else. Wht would you recommend?
I was comparing something like Seagate Barracuda 320GB 7200RPM 16MB SATA 1.5Gbs ($69) vs Western Digital Caviar SE 320GB 7200RPM 16MB SATA 3Gbs($88). Its about $20 more, and I don't really care about transfer speeds of the hard drive, so it seems like a waste of $20 (unless Seagate has had problems with that hard drive, in which case I would choose WD).
That particular seagate is one of the models with the faulty firmware. There is an update for it on seagate's site. However, I would go with western digital anyway. WD is high quality and the prices are reasonable.