Seeking Cheap & Reliable 2TB Drive

I am looking to buy 2TB drive that fits the following criteria:
- Cheap - around $100 +/- $20 (willing to throw in a little more if REALLY worth it)
- "Reliable" - in the sense that the drive is not stripped of some common error-checking features (WD's AV-GP drives are like that) and is not "plagued" by known reported high failure rates
- SATA 3.0 Gb/s

The drive doesn't need to be particularly fast, "green" or super quiet (though I would prefer that it doesn't sound like a pepper grinder). It will be placed into a VIA ARTIGO A2000 under LVM alongside another drive. The server is used as part of a redundant back-up to my laptop.

So far I have come across the following via Googling and looking around the TH's forums:

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 HD204UI
Seems nice, cheap and maybe that Customer Choice Award means something?

HITACHI Deskstar 7K2000 HDS722020ALA330
Faster and more expensive, not sure if worth the extra $20-30.

Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EARS
Right on price, but I am worried about reliability ratings.

BOTTOM LINE: Would you recommend or advise against any of these? Do you recommend another drive I have not listed? Is there by any chance a reason for me to go with a lower capacity drive (1 or 1.5TB)?
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    Hi Conspiracyx,

    Regarding the Hitachi disk, there's a review here which you might find interesting.

    It's of the Ultrastar A7K2000, the bigger brother of the Deskstar, but also mentions the Deskstar.

    Regarding reliability, the reviewer notes that the Ultrastar has a rating of 1.2 million hours MTBF (Mean Time Between Failures), while the Deskstar is unrated in this department. And the Ultrastar gets a 5 year warranty versus 3 with the Deskstar... other issues of slightly sluggish real world speed are raised.

    I've always liked the Spinpoint drives myself, although I don't own a large capacity one unfortunately, my small sized drive has lasted for several years with no issues....
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