Look, you're looking for an external hard drive. The only manufacturers that make reliable and affordable drives in external casing are Seagate and WD, really. HGST is premium price for basically the same shit. The difference in failure rates is negligible, and that old af backblaze comparison is I'm not gonna say irrelevent or BS but it's not the be all end all of HDD comparisons. Neither is anecdotal evidence from /g/. If you compared everyone who had a bum seagate with everyone who doesn't, you'd find that it's pretty safe to get one. People with working seagates don't generally post about it. And I'm not dickriding seagate here, get a WD if you want, the point is they are the same.>but I don't NEED 1tb
1TB is the smallest the reliable names make these days. And considering the starting price point for almost all external drives (whether 1tb or 120) is ~$50 (don't believe me? just check amazon or newegg and compare). Not much point in getting a used poo in loo brand 120gb from 2010 when a new fresh from factory WD 1TB is the same price.
tl;dr Seagate and WD are fine, 1TB is where you should be looking because the garbage 100GB maxone kinda shit are ripoffs.