Hey all... I'm just about out of space on my current HDDs, so it's time to get a larger drive. I'd like to get a 1.5TB Drive, but if they're not as reliable as the 1TB drives I'd consider one of those instead. The ones I'm looking at are the Western Digital WD10EADS (1TB Green), WD1001FALS (1TB Black) or WD15EADS (1.5TB Green). I am a bit wary of Seagate right now due to all the negative reviews I've read.
What would you all recommend?
Also, when I do get one, what should I do with my old 80GB IDE WD drive? It's still working fine, but I'll probably have no use for it.
The current 1.5TB Seagates seem to be fine and I think Dell still has the two packs for $200. I just picked up one and so far so good. No matter what drive you choose assume that it may go at any moment - in other words keep your data backed up.
No more or less than any other standard consumer drive. You could spend a bit more on better WD drives that have a higher mean time between failure, but it's usually not worth it for most people. The only way to improve data reliability any further would be to start looking into building a RAID array with 2 or more hard drives.