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Upgrading hard drive, should it be Seagate or Western Digital?

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Reading the various responses here, one can see that there will always be multiple experiences and opinions. Personally, over the last many years, I have had the best experience with Hitachi and Samsung drives (both desktop and laptop drives).

Last I heard, Hitachi was in the process of actually getting bought by Western Digital, who in turn is selling it to Toshiba (confusing, I know), but the "talent" and "technology" stayed with the Hitachi brand, so a Hitachi drive would also be a good investment.

Samsung, on the other hand, now belongs to Seagate, but again, the talent and technology are still part of the Samsung brand.

I agree with the comment above, no need to buy an HP-branded drive, just buy one that fits the machine you need it for.