I have had a smattering of brands fail over the years, but only a batch of older IBM drives (now Hitachi) were attributed directly to poor design. They were eventually known as the Deathstar (Deskstar) drives, and I had over 15 fail within a few months.
That wasn't bad design, it was a bad batch. Specifically ones made in the Hungary factory.
Unsurprisingly there isn't much poetry regard hard drives, however.....
I once bought a 75GXP,
made in the fair land of Hungary.
One morning, straight out of bed,
I wrote a file that could not be read.
I heard a weird noise, and scratched my head;
I said to myself, "This drive is DEAD!"
I mourned the loss of sundry data,
yet very soon (and not much later)
that doomsday theory I rejected,
as my other files were unaffected.
My OS and data I promptly withdrew
to a Samsung drive, brand spanking-new.
The IBM got a firmware upgrade--
I bought it a twin, and made it RAID!
for DVD rips and various trinkets
one often downloads from the "internets".
This week the old DeskStar did it again
I stamped my feet; I tore my mane.
But then I quickly recollected
the scandisk run that I'd neglected.
The surface error check took forever;
the heads scraped loudly throughout the endeavor.
But when it was done, it had placed a lock
on every bad sector and corrupted block.
I then took every known fix to heart:
ran DFT's "Clean Disk"; enabled SMART.
I wiped the drive and repartitioned it,
and ran a long stress-test to condition it.
All this it passed with flying color,
leaving me with a gnawing thing to mull o'er:
Will such "Deathstars", thus redeemed
continue to render service esteemed?
Or will they hew to their nomenclature
By living true to their fail-prone nature?
There's no certain answer to my query, hence
I thought I'd tap your collective experience.
Should these notorious drives fall within your ken,
then what say you, O newsgroup denizen?