Quite frankly there just isn't that many HD makers. Off the top of my head, there is Seagate, WD, Samsung, Hitatci and Maxtor. Seagate now owns Samsung a as well as Maxtor. Any other label out there maybe a "rebadged" HD is different from those listed. I have found Seagate to do well to include WD brands. I xclude any ext. mounted drives and any 2.5in. as well also anything SSD based.
I am having some issues with my Samsung HD 501 JK internal that came installed in my HP Pavillion a6500f. I am very concerned that it is about to die. After a little searching, I have read that even the replacements that Samsung sends out are junk. Any suggestions on a different HD of similar size/speed to replace it with?