IBM Deathstar

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by cartoonboy, Mar 16, 2003.

  1. cartoonboy

    cartoonboy Guest

    Bugger, well tonight My 40gig HD died on me, after only a year (or more) Use...
    I have noticed that the drive makes very odd sounds @ bootup, which from time to time causes my PC to not boot...
    and just b4 it died it was hot as hell.....bloody thing...

    I am wondering what the main problem can be..is it that IBM drives are total crap and should be avoided? or can it be a power related problem? here is my sys spec

    300W p/S
    Giga-byte GA-8SG667
    Celeron 2ghz
    256 DDR 333
    IBM Deathstar (dead) 40gig
    Maxtor Diamondmax Plus 8, 40gig (as slave)
    Pioneer DVD
    Yamaha CDRW (slave)
    SB Live
    NIC
    Firewire
    ATI 7500
    Trust 56k modem



    Thats it...any idears?
    and for the next HD, Im going for Maxtor or Seagate (which after 2 years is still going strong)

    Ciao
     
  2. Nick M

    Nick M Moderator

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    What model was it? Anything below 120GXP sucks.

    Go for seagate, top notch drives.
     
  3. dpr

    dpr NTFS Junkie

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    I've just had a ibm 180gxp go down on me after only 6 months. Ran the ibm drive fitness test and it said it was faulty hardware. Did a search for the fault code on google and found quite a few forums ect with people having the same prob. Worst bit is is that I live in uk and have to send the drive to Netherlands, damn pain. Think I may try another brand next time but who produces the best drives?
     
  4. cartoonboy

    cartoonboy Guest

    The model is a IC35L040AVER07-0...if that means anything...

    oh, just to add another thing, have tried ti reinstall winxp, but it wont let me format it...says the disk is buggered (in a word)


    Ciao
     
  5. Nick M

    Nick M Moderator

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    It does say something, it's Model 60GXP.
     
  6. NetRyder

    NetRyder Tech Junkie Folding Team

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    Ditto ;)
     
  7. Lighter

    Lighter . . . . . . . . .

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    drives shmives....1 in 10,000 go bad in under a year, regardless of brand. :eek:

    Maxtor, Seagate, Deskstar...all rank. Wanna bad drive, pick up an old quantum fireball. :happy:
     
  8. Friend of Bill

    Friend of Bill What, me worry?

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    So far my 2 IBM GXP120's have been spin'n away for about 16 months now without a problem and running on average of 18 hours per day. (Knock on wood)...:) Think the P4 could have anything to do with it?:D
     
  9. XPerties

    XPerties Guest

    If you own different drives as I do (all of them) and have run HDtach (benchmark) youll see theres no difference between them.

    So I ask whats more important. A drive that has 1 year warrenty or a drive with 3 year warrenty. As of right now all new drive have 1 year except all maxtors. They didnt jump the ship with the rest of the makers.
     
  10. My advice: stay the hell away from IBM drives. Two in a row went bad on my friend in less than a couple months and now mine is starting to make sounds...
     
  11. BonyTony

    BonyTony Moderator

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    Mine is a IBM Deskstar 120gxp and so far in its 12 month life i have not yet had a problem....and i run mine in a SFF Pc so its alot hotter than yours i bet !.

    All hard drives are made on the cheap thats why most of the manufactures have reduced the warranty on them to 12 months from the 36 you used to get.

    Its all pot luck.
     
  12. jonifen

    jonifen pffff...

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    ive had an ibm die due to a power fault.

    those weird sounds you experienced... could they be the sound of the power cutting to the hdd and then it powering up again?

    the power cutting will sound like a clunk, and the powering up will be like a low whistle/screech sound (for lack of a better word lol) and then the crackling as it starts reading from it?

    the above is what happened to my old ibm 30gb... i think it was a 60gxp aswell tbh.

    when i took it back to the shop, the guy said he's had a few sent back with the same problems and he sent them away with quantums instead... subsequently nobody has returned since with problems. I took the quantum quite happily as I had a 4gb which pwned (also for lack of a better word lol). I've had the quantum for well over a year now... they're by far the best imo. I've got one of the new maxtors aswell... they bought out Quantum's HDD division, so I'm guessing by their new HDDs carrying the "Fireball" tag, that they're all pretty much the same architecture (quantums and maxtors).

    The last seagate I had was fairly quiet... but unfortunately slow... why they put that strange rubber sh** around it I'll never know lol. Good solid drives though imo
     
  13. Perris Calderon

    Perris Calderon Moderator Staff Member Political User

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    I had a hard drive go bad when I was going from long island new york to buffallo

    I had to do the drive all by myself, as my m8 got sick, and we had to be there the next day

    whew

    hard drive
     
  14. cartoonboy

    cartoonboy Guest

    Thats it, the drive was doing that on and off for about a month b4 it died:huh: the good news is that the drive is under a year :D the bad news is i cant find the bloody receipt:mad: (I think I am staying up late tonight) hope I can find it....
    I had a Quantum, but that died on me aswell, thats when I got the IBM Deathstar...
    the next one is Maxtor...and change the P/S....
     
  15. Friend of Bill

    Friend of Bill What, me worry?

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    I believe the culprit to premature hard drive failure (most of the time) is a shoddy PSU.
     
  16. jonifen

    jonifen pffff...

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    snookbooger, i thought the same thing when my IBM died. I went to the shop where I got the PSU from (coincidentally the same shop I got the HDD from lol) and they swapped it for a new one... then I found it was the HDD at fault and not the PSU, so they swapped that too lol
     
  17. Friend of Bill

    Friend of Bill What, me worry?

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    With all that swapp'n going on it sounds like they run a flea market...:D
     
  18. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

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    i've purchased one 75gxp (the original deskstar) and two 60gxp's... all are still running fine. but my dad buys one 60gxp and it fails after 2 months.. lol. so he's never getting ibm again, but i still love them. he didn't want to bother rma'ing the ibm so went and got a wd... i rma'd the sucker and got a 120gxp in return last week. :)
     
  19. jonifen

    jonifen pffff...

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    not quite... jus good mates of mine that run the shop :D
     
  20. cartoonboy

    cartoonboy Guest

    luck you, try getting somthing changed here in Italy....dosent happen easy, they blame everythng else apart from the actual product you brought from them :-(