There's nothing to suggest that any of them are actually dying but...
Assuming I do decide to buy new, is it better to buy an external drive complete, or to buy an internal drive and put it into an enclosure myself. The latter has the advantage that I know exactly what drive it is, not necessarily clear when buying an external drive.
Given the various mergers and takeovers in the market in recent months, I've lost track of how many truly separate companies there are making HDDs now.
My drives are Maxtor 250GB, as well as a 750GB Samsung 2.5" and 500GB Buffalo 2.5" external drives on another system. I'd tend to steer clear of 'green' drives, apart from that I have no real views on the good, bad and ugly.
Thoughts and comments appreciated.