Maxtor full-height 5.25" drives of death

Tom Gardner t.gardner at
Thu Feb 8 13:03:19 CST 2018

XT2190 was first produced in 3Q 1984 and last produced in 1989 which gives yours a remarkable life span and well beyond the them at most 5 year warranty.
Be thankful they lasted this long.


-----Original Message-----
From: Ian Finder [mailto:ian.finder at] 
Sent: Wednesday, February 07, 2018 11:36 AM
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Subject: Maxtor full-height 5.25" drives of death

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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