On the Backblaze blog, Andy Klein writes:
Starting in Q1 of 2021 and continuing to the end of 2022, we can see that the overall rise in the overall AFR [annualized failure rate] over that time seems to be driven by Seagate and, to a lesser degree, Toshiba, although HGST contributes heavily to the Q1 2022 rise. In the case of Seagate, this makes sense as most of our Seagate drives are significantly older than any of the other manufacturers’ drives. Before you throw your Seagate and Toshiba drives in the trash, you might want to consider the lifecycle cost of a given hard drive model versus its failure rate.
I have long enjoyed reading Backblaze’s regularly released drive stats. Although the company’s data is less relevant for normal users than it used to be, given Backblaze’s increased use of 16 TB drives that few people need, it still provides a sense of which manufacturers and drives last longer than others.