Maxtor was bought over by Seagate 2 yrs ago. It is now slowly closing down the Maxtor operations. Massive retrenchment started about a yr ago. Maxtor staff is now skeletor if any.
Seagate bought over Conners about 10 years ago and also did the same thing. Today, Conners is history.
Well, that's one way to capture market share - buy over your competitor.
Quite a number of brands too offer a 1 touch back-up including Seagate.
From the many replies here we can see that no 1 brand of HDD is obviously better than the other. So the decision looks like price will be the main deciding factor.