I'm trying to replace a 1 TB external USB 2.5" HDD.
As I go through each and every model for sale and look the model up on Amazon reviews and look only at the 1-star reviews (as I always do for any product before buying), they all have a bunch of people saying the same things about how it just died very quickly and they lost all their data, etc.
When every single product for sale is like that, what conclusion should I draw other than "everything is ultra-fragile junk nowadays"?
I cannot possibly determine whether they are real reviews or fake ones written by malicious people who are paid by the competitors, or for some other reason.
So I might as well buy the cheapest possible product every time, no? What does it matter if it has a bunch of 1-star reviews when the other, much more expensive products, also have basically the same number/percentage of such identical "horror reviews" telling you to not ever buy from $brand again?
There seems to be no distinction between cheap and very expensive HDDs except maybe the amount of storage or speed, but I'm talking about reliability! I would rather pay 10x the amount for a HDD which is guaranteed to work for 20 years than one ten times cheaper but which breaks the first week or after 1,5 years or even after 10 years.
Are reviews completely unreliable? Maybe those 1-star reviewers are very unlucky and some HDDs are simply broken, and these people are much "louder" with negative reviews than all the ones who you never hear from because "it just works"?