Funny enough, I had and still have one of the infamous Deathstars, picked it up years back and never had a problem. I got lucky. Actually just swapped it into my wife's computer to replace a dead WD half its age.
Much as I'm wary of WD, the Raptor cleans up. 74's quieter, cooler, faster, etc, so try and go with that one.
Seagate usually costs signifcantly more stateside. Artificial price zones, go figure.
Most of my drives right now are Seagate 7200.7s, but if I was to buy today I'd go with the Hitachi drives. Next year, who knows?