So on Feb 15th I bought 4 Maxtor MaxLine Pro 500gig drives for a RAID 5 server (model#7HF500). Fast forward to September and one drive fails, no big deal RAID 5, pay for advanced shipping replace the drive, rebuild the array, awesome. Then 9 days ago another HD fails, I contact Maxtor/Seagate immediately and they agreed to advance ship me a replacement for free since this was the second on to fail. Great. Tonight, I get the new drive. Install the new drive, boot up my server (turned off to avoid the next thing) and find out that ANOTHER drive has failed, so there goes my RAID aray (not to mention that 5 petabytes of anime).
P.S. I met some marketing guy at an event that maxtor/seagate was at and he confirmed that maxtors have terrible reliability but said that the seagate drives were much better. Anything has to be better then then 3 drives failing so close together, it must be a mfg issue. And yes the 3 drives that have failed were all purchased at the same time so were probably the same batch off the line. If you have a failed maxtor drive leave a comment and let me know.