This topic seems to come up with some regularity, what are reliable disk drives and which seem to cause problems?
I can't answer that question ( I'm a mere end-user, not a repair shop owner), but I can share what I have experienced in many years of video editing with many kinds of different disks.
I have used an occasional WD drive, but they died usually within 2 years, but then we are talking about the last century, so it is no longer relevant now.
This does not give hard evidence about what to buy, but if people can weigh in with their experiences, it may lead to some conclusions of what is reliable and what is not.
About 5 years ago I had two Western Digital 250Gig drives fail in a "short" time... I think one in the 1st month and the second within 3 months
Looking at the dates and locations on the drives (I had bought both at the same time) they were made in the same week at the same location
WD replaced both drives (which ran fine, I later sold that computer when I built a new one) and never did tell me "exactly" what happened... but based on my reading of the drive labels, I "presumed" that the plant had a box of bad components
I have never had any more problems with WD drives
I think the one of the most important rules is:
Always test each drive individually with a good 100% test tool for both read and write performance before you deploy them.