Maxtor full-height 5.25" drives of death

Ian Finder ian.finder at
Wed Feb 7 13:36:28 CST 2018

XT2190s, XT1140s, some of the early ESDI disks...
I have 6 XT2190s at home, and maybe one of the damn things works.

Does anyone out here know, beyond speculation, what some of the common
failure modes of these drives are? I'm not opposed to open-HDA surgery.

And I probably won't do anything.
But the question of WHY this line of drives in particular sucks so much has
haunted me for some time...

- Ian

Honorable mention: CDC Sabre, Wren.

   Ian Finder
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