Product Type: IBM hard disk drives
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Super drive but will it last more than a few months!!
IBM Deskstar 75GXP 30 GB
Member Name: stinky monkey
IBM Deskstar 75GXP 30 GB
Date: 03/05/02, updated on 03/05/02 (537 review reads)
Advantages: speed, very quiet
Disadvantages: hopelessly unreliable
Hard drives go bigger and faster and you would hope get more reliable as better manufacturing techniques come into place.
IBM have built up a reputation over the last 2-3 years for making fast and very reliable hard drives so this reputation should put them right at the top of your list in the event of you needing more storage space.
My personal experiences with "Deep Blue" go back approx 5 years when i was the proud owner of a 3.4 drive.
I was amazed at the speed increase over my old western digital drive and it served me very well until i sold it on to a friend.
The drive is still going strong to this day with not a hint of trouble.
My next IBM's came in the shape of two 13.6 7200rpm drives , samne story to report as they where faster again over the 3.4 offering and i also noticed a nice drop in the decibel level .
Used as single drives they worked fine and they have run on a ide raid card for the past 12 months with a good increase in speed.
So the picture looks good , 3 drives all work great and not one single hint of possible problems.
Enter the 75gxp , nice drive ,fast speeds and nice and quite, infact i thought the drive was doa at first as i did not sound like it was turning!.
Three months pass and then a hoorible knocking sound errupted from the pc!!.
I had dreaded this as i had begun to see several reports of this drive failing.
The pc was switched off and that is the last act the drive ever committed due to it refusing to power up again.
Thankfully i bought this drive from a friend of mine who is a dealer and on taking it back to him the horrible failure rate became all to apparent as he had approx a dozen dead IBM's on his desk readfy to go back under warranty.
Things did not improve , it was not just a bad batch that had problems and a search on the internet and various computer sites will confirm that this drive is a dodo if ever there was.
>I am now running a Maxtor 740x and find that it is upto speed with the 75gxp if a little noisier.
IBM have a lot of hard work to do to get back the reputation they once had as i believe they had similar problems with another dirve 60gxp ?
My adivce ? go with Maxtor or give IBM's new drive the 120 6 months before you part with your money.
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