Maxtor full-height 5.25" drives of death

Chuck Guzis cclist at
Wed Feb 7 13:54:12 CST 2018

On 02/07/2018 11:36 AM, Ian Finder via cctalk wrote:
> 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...

I've got a Maxtor-branded ESDI drive with a Miniscribe casting.  I
imagine that this was one of the drives that wasn't a brick in a box.
It still works fine, though it is a power hog.


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