Thanks for the elaborated answer.
Garry, do you really believe there's a way to reliably evaluate the reliability of the currently available drives?
It was I who was asking you In my opinoin, the only reliable way to evaluate the ... reliability of drives, especially new ones, is by insider information, either from (large) distributors or from the producer itself. By analysing the failure rate and correlating it with different factors, be they of design, production or handling, one can make a sound judgement on the reliability and build quality of a model. In the absence of such information (even if indirectly obtained ), it's mostly guesswork, more or less educated. Even a sample size of several hundred entries cannot offer a conclusive picture, although it can point you in the right direction (as you also said). So I was curious what were your sources
Btw, what I am interested in is a drive with good reliability over long operatig cycles (18-24 hours / day, 5-7 power-ups / week) and nearly continuous access - multimedia access, file 'transfers' etc., with decent ventilation (placed outside the case). A fairly demanding setup for a desktop (non-enterprise) drive.