My question is which company does everyone prefer for mechanical drives. Given that we will soon be down to only two companies to choose. If you've got a favorite company please also include at least one reason as to why they're the best to choose.
For a little background info I'm currently buying parts for my third custom build. It will be used for an HTPC with mild gaming (maybe everquest etc). Although I am sticking to a mid tower case rather than small form factor. In my first two builds I used western digital hdd's and I have no personal experience with the other three options namely hitachi, samsung, or seagate.