I had a similar problem with a WD drive two foot drop off the coffee table and it got the click of death. I've also had a Verbatim Hard drive for 6 months that works well, though im not sure who actually makes the HDD in it. But i cannot say how amazed i am at my memorex 500gb hard drive. It has a toshiba hard drive in it. My memorex has been dropped down stairs once, dropped on cement from 4 feet, and a few other less dramatic drops. It still works. I use it with my logitech revue and keep it hooked up almost 24/7 and had no heating issues. Toshiba is probably best, and this is a toshiba drive WITHOUT its impact smart shock sensor stuff. Toshiba Canvio is the only one with that and it maxes out at 1tb. Toshiba does make a 2tb drive as well. Just search amazon
Before we begin, let me state that while I understand people say that External Hard Drives should not be used for storage, let's be honest... that's what people use them for. In fact, I have a 400GB external hard drive that I've used for the last 5 or 6 years with no problem. So I understand that it isn't the most secure place to store regular files, really if a drive is "reliable" it shouldn't be a problem.
With that in mind, I'm looking to upgrade to a 2-3TB external hard drive. I previously purchased a Western Digital My Book Essential 2TB hard drive. That lemon didn't even last a fortnight and stopped recognizing the drive and ultimately just stopped working in general. So please do not recommend WD, as their support forums have an entire topic on the issue I experienced (which to me shows they really shouldn't sell a product that has that much of a problem).
So please, tech savvy people, help me out. What is actually a reliable external drive that has a reputation of lasting for at least a year, if not more?