Take with a grain (or bag) of salt.
What they fail to mention is that that a MAJORITY of the failed Seagate drives in question (ST3000DM001) are shelled external drives.
And that their stats are PURELY anecdotal until they decide to buy EVERY model of drive on the market and test them EQUALLY.
It's a commonly held belief that external drives are "binned". Eg, that drives that didn't perform as well are used for externals.
Agree or not, we CAN agree that external disks use different firmware than internal (retail) drives. This means that it exhibits different behavior.
My biggest issue here isn't that I'm a seagate fanboy, but that they tote these reports as unbiased and fair, when they DEFINITELY are not.
Additionally, they fail to disclose this statistical bias at all, and present it as unbiased.
Additionally, they are about the only (or THE only) company that releases stats, so people take their word as law, when it's anecdotal, AT BEST.
Additionally, there is no way to register or comment on their blog apparently, so there isn't a way to call them out on this directly.