I will not say that one is better than the other a certain percentage will fail prematurely. I bought 2 x 1TB 7200.12 drives in the fall and one failed after a month in use. RMA and the replacement works fine, only HDD I ever had to RMA.
Yes, agree! To some extent the "Luck of the Draw" prevails! When it comes to hard drives, I keep my fingers crossed. So far, I have been lucky!
On an interesting note; I have heard people say that they will never buy a WD product, others say they will never buy a Seagate product. Pretty soon they will be out of brands!