We all know that tech reviews mean one thing and that real world experience means something completely different. Nowhere did I witness this phenomenon more than in my experience as an IT tech. Virtually every computer I have ever built with a hard drive has experienced a hard drive failure within 3 years. Even my friends' laptop hard drives have all failed within 3 years. This is irrespective of hard drive make or physical location (power shouldn't be a problem). -3 of my friends and my girlfriend have experienced hard drive failures -Of the 20 computers I built for a corporation, 19 experienced hard drive failures within 3 years -My desktop's Seagate 7200.12 failed within a year -All of my father's laptops' hard drives failed after about 3 years In fact, the only exceptions I can think of are Seagate Constellation drives. I've only been using those for about 2-3 years so the jury's still out though... I also remember using a couple of Hitachi's about 7 years ago that never failed. Replaced them when I needed more space though. After dealing with an almost 100% failure rate (often right outside of the warranty window), I have practically given up on hard drives and have moved to solid state drives. My oldest ones are nearing 4 years old and only 1 has failed (I am currently using about 20 in different locations). What do you guys think? Are hard drives just absolute garbage now?