High failure rates re internal 1 TB drives ; what about external USB drives?

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High failure rates re internal 1 TB drives ; what about external USB drives?

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I want to add a second 1 TB drive to my DELL Studio XPS 9100, purely for backup.

In the past I have purchased WD, Seagate or Maxtor drives.

A buddy at work mentioned to stay away from the current crop of Seagate drives as he read failure rates were really high of late ; but the user revews on vendors sites from WD drives are also hit and miss.

1) Do the current current crop of 1 TB drives have sort of higher than normal failure rate?  Ironiically, thats a reason to purchase a backup drive !!

2) Are the external USB drives a more reliable choice ? Peformance is not a factor here - this is strictly for backup. The external are a bit more costly,  but if indeed they are more reliable, its worth it..

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