Yes, hard drive quality/reliability has gone down. Way down.
by sbill - 12/21/12 10:03 PM
Sadly, computers (as well as their internal parts and components) are no longer made to last. In the past, it was reasonably to expect that a computer would still be functional long after it's too slow to be useful anymore. Hard drives were replaced to upgrade to a larger capacity--not because of hardware failure.
Nowadays, it is common for the hard drive in a brand-name desktop computer to die after a couple years, and it's even more common for the hard drive in a laptop to die in a year or two. I no longer use or recommend mechanical hard drives for laptops, unless the laptop is an older model which uses IDE interface. Otherwise, a quality solid-state drive from Intel or Samsung is the way to go. For desktops, a commercial-grade hard drive is necessary, and well worth the additional cost.