Maxtor full-height 5.25" drives of death

allison allisonportable at
Fri Feb 9 07:20:14 CST 2018

On 02/09/2018 01:40 AM, Chuck Guzis via cctalk wrote:
> On 02/08/2018 10:17 PM, Glen Slick via cctalk wrote:
>> Any idea if the drive orientation during storage might make any
>> difference in the failure rate? Usual PCB side down, PCB side up,
>> either side down, either end down? My guess it that it is best to
>> store them in the usual PCB side down orientation, but that is just a
>> guess.
> Mine are stored on their sides, but I wonder if storing them inverted
> (PCB down) would be best for ensuring lubrication distribution.
> --Chuck
I've found flat pcb down seems better.  Those working are stored that
way and those
I've found for spares or parts are on their side currently.   Most I've
found have been
fried already.

Most common problem head crash, likely due to handling. Second up are
servo issues
maybe due to high temps (some were formerly used in PCs with very poor
and the remainder had board level issues.  Of the board level problems
the motor
drive fried, and positioner driver dead.  One had a bad microprocessor n
positioner subsystem.  The remainder seem to have likely suffered some ESD
or power supply hit. 

Like I said earlier these drives used a lot of power and ran hot, the
lonest lasting 
and still working units were in BA123 which has better cooling.  I know
from my
time at DEC if the drive was in a MicroVAX2000 the drive life was about
half and
a drive in a ba23 was longer lasting.  Also those mounted on edge seemed
a bit longer lasting.  The differential between the uVAX2J abd the BA123
was about 2:1 (about 2 years 24/7 against better than 4),

At the other extreme I have over a dozen Quantum D540s (RD52 31mb full
that are really old and getting older and still work without issues. 
Some of those
have sat on the shelf for a decade and work fine when I need one.


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