I use to have a IBM HDD, it failed on me just before the warranty run out. I had to send it to the netherlands some where. It was a 40 gig. They sent me a replacement Drive that was 80 gig was quite happy as they said it was new. Didnt want too risk it as the other drive gave me alot of problems till 1 day it died completly. So i decided to put the new drive in my sisters machine as he uses it for basic stuff. It has worked fine since.
I bought a WD 120 gig Caviar Special edition. This has worked fine so far had it for over 9 months now. I have genreally been told to Choose Maxtor Or WD. hope this helps