Originally Posted by TornadoTJ
You might if your playback stutters or skips. :P
But highly unlikely with any modern hard drive. They all work well. Some work better than others but all work acceptable. For me it always comes down to price and reliability. Right now Seagate owns that territory.
I don't trust WD like I used to trust them. At least not enough to pay more $ for a slower performing drive. It's funny because I once was a WD fanboy. I was big into Raptors and Velociraptors (and they were very good in the days before SSD) but a lot has changed since then. I bought a Samsung and a Toshiba, and realized they were pretty good. Then some Seagates and Hitachi's- and somewhere along the line I realized they are all basically about the same. That is about the time I started buying based on cost per TB. I bought some WD greens based on that premise- and paid the price as they were not very reliable (at least for me). Looking back I doubt I would have done anything different. There is just no way to predict reliability so I just assume they will all work fine and also accept that sometimes they do not. I am pretty easy going about the whole thing.
If I only bought 1 HDD and has important stuff on it and it died I might feel more passionately. But after about 50 purchases of HDD's it really just is not a big deal to me either way. I guess I favor the Seagates today because I respect the fact they are very good performers while at the same time very good priced and proven reliable. I really feel pretty comfortable spending less on one of those versus the alternatives and will likely continue until they are no longer the cheapest, better performer, or highly reliable.