True, the little 8gig, 20gig, and 40gig drives last longer, but they also don't work as hard as the big 120gig+ drives. Still, survivability among WD and Maxtor drives is sketchy at best. I've come across hundreds of hard drives in my line of work, of all makes, and Seagate's always pull through best.
The one I mentioned earlier, though I don't know the model number without pop'n it out, is a WD 120gig 7200 8mb buf. The drive is less than a year old, has its own HDD cooler fan and is grounded (always
) and rubber-mounted (noise and shock protection). Basically, it's a pampered drive (as all my drives are). WD just aren't as well made as Seagates. I don't trust them, and if I hadn't of been in a total bind way back when, I never would have this WD now.
When it comes to -my- money, the dollar's on Seagate, friend.