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FWIW, I have a mix of desktop and NAS drives, WD, Seagate and Samsung, 7200, 5900 and 5400 RPM in my server running 24/7, some for a couple of years now and they all seem fine. These have all been cobbled together over the years from deals I've found and drives I've been given for evaluation.
For me at least, I see no difference in the longevity of any of them based on brand or type. I had a strong bias for a long time against Seagate due to a bad drive experience and what I'd read. My bias doesn't seem to be holding at the moment with 1 x 2TB, 2 x 3TB and 1 x 4TB Seagates all going strong, the first being 2 yrs old, the second two being 1 yr old and the 4TB about 3mo old.
So, I'll echo what others have posted based on my experience to just grab what's on sale. 3TB seems to be the sweet spot for $/TB right now. I am hoping for a 4TB Black Friday deal.