Most Reliable IBM Deathstar Ever?

If you know what hard drives I’m referring to in the title, this may make you go WOW!!! It did me I can tell you.

Way way back in the day (around the year 2000) IBM brought out the Deskstar drive. At the time, if you wanted 7200RPM drives they were significantly more expensive, but the Deskstar boasted 7200RPM and some pretty impressive specs when it came to transfer rates (I can’t remember exactly, it was long ago).

Then one day, it hit the internet… the Deskstar was branded the Deathstar as shed loads of them were failing prematurely. I remember at the time, Spirit and I had a bunch of them and I was more than a little panicked by the news of their early departures. So systematically I replaced them, thankfully we didn’t get any fail on us early, most were consigned to our then small pile of old hard drives, but one made it’s way into the Linux box I used for developing our browser based game.

It was a 41GB unit and it ended up being used to store part of my MP3 collection. It has served this purpose since. The machine itself, an AMD Duron 600MHz with 768MB of PC133 RAM was built around the year 2000 and has to my knowledge only suffered one major issue caused by the failure of all of it’s power supply capacitors… one recap later and it was back to work for the old beastie. It gets between 4 and 6 hours use on most work days, weekends it’s mostly on from 8am until 10pm, so it’s had a power cycle pretty much every day.

Last night, the Deathstar finally gave up the ghost. It’s failure pattern was exactly as described for the premature failures so I have to ask… is this the longest surviving IBM Deathstar drive?

RIP – June 2001 to February 2014

40GB IBM Deskstar Drive Manufactured in June 2001

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