I still regard Seagate as one of the best. But other brands are close in the reliability and speed categories.
The only "real" choice is the SATA interface, for longest service life. The newer SSD models have limited life expectancy, but that may improve with development and design.
Any large-capacity hard drive having a large write-behind cache is faster than one having a small write-behind cache. The 'write' process is secondary in importance to the 'seek' process.
While a 7200 RPM drive speed is about the optimal limit, there are 10,000 RPM models available. But they can run hot, and may need specific cooling needs.
The "king" of hard drive performance designs is still the SCSI setup. Hard Drive Types:
To think that back when a 'hard drive' first was used in a computer, the disk may have been up to 18 inches in diameter.. and held only about 2 megs of data!!!!! And a PC of the 1980s may have had a 20 MB hard drive, which could cost in excess of $200.00 USD!!
F@H.. to solve mankind's maladies.. in our lifetimes!