20 GB / $1 is quite cheap. The cheap price is actually what attracts me to it, but it also makes me skeptical since several reviews mention it dying on them within 3 months. However, some mention that the drives failing has little/nothing to do with the drive, and rather that the motherboards they're connected to were not designed with large storage devices in mind, and that is the cause for them failing so soon. Is there truth to this?
Is the Seagate Barracuda a reliable series? By reliable I mean will generally last 3+ years before failing.
What brands are reputable as being reliable? Which should I avoid?
If the mentioned hard drive is unreliable, could you suggest any offering 15GB (or more) per $1 that are? Looking for 500GB+ for size. System will be used mostly for gaming.
People who have drives that fail often abuse them in one way or another. I've only had one Seagate ever die on me and it did so gracefully enough that I was able to recover all of it's data. I also had a WD die on me but it was in a DVR which is brutal on drives regardless of type.
Keep in mind that there's really very little difference in the components of most drives (remember the little flooding problem in Taiwan?).