[Dirvish] Disk drive follies

Eric Mountain em-dirvish-1 at nerim.net
Mon Feb 28 23:28:12 PST 2005


On Tuesday 01 Mar 2005 06:19, Nathan Hunsperger spake thus:
> On Mon, Feb 28, 2005 at 03:11:07PM +0100, Eric Mountain wrote:
> > More anecdotes: I'm running on an IBM DeskStar bought early September
> > 2001. That series actually got nicknamed "DeathStar" due to allegedly
> > high return rates.  Well... I can't complain, but I *backup*. ;-)

> Yes, but that depended on if you had the 15GB platter or 20GB platter
> model.  IIRC, the 15GB platter versions (30GB, 45GB) were the ones that
> generated the nickname.  I had 3 of 4 of those fail on me.  The 20GB
> platter model (60GB disks) were much more reliable, though I recently
> sent one of those to the grave.

You're right, mine is a 60Gb model.  That said, one of my colleagues had the 
same model and it died on him about 2 years ago.

> Now, why is it that my old 1GB half-height that ran so hot you couldn't
> touch it and sounded like a jet engine never had a single problem, yet
> new disk drives have a pathetic warranty, and know it?

Couldn't agree more.

-- 
Eric Mountain


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