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    IBM GXP hds failure! HELP?
    By Negativecreep0 August 15, 2001, 09:57 PM

    Hey guys I'm finishing my new system and want to get a 75 gig gxp hd from IBM. Now I am hearing that up to 70% fail. What i would like to know is how can i tell if the one im buying will fail, are there certain serial #s for the bad ones? or is it just luck of draw? Has Ibm made a statement about these drives and have they released new drives to sellers? Also what are the symptoms of one of these drives failing? Thanks for your help guys.

    By Onlyonerhino August 15, 2001, 11:40 PM

    I have heard of some failures with the 75GXP series, but generally an exclllent drive. 70% failure is hard to believe. I would recommend getting a 60 GXP instead. Newer model, less disks used as well. Excellent drive, very fast and totally silent drive. IBM backs their three year warranty as well. I have one and could not be happier. You'll be limited to 60 GB w/ the 60 GXP, however. Newegg.com has them incredibly cheap. Last time I checked they had the 40GB for $104, and the 60GB for $159!!!!

    By driver August 16, 2001, 01:02 AM

    I recently had my 45GB 75GXP drive fail and I can tell you that it is not a pretty site. Even if they say they have fixed the problem in the 60GXP series, is it really worth the risk to see if they indeed have? I don't think so, but that is just my opinion.

    By Vadatajs August 16, 2001, 01:35 AM

    Aside from dirver, I have heard nothing but praise for the 60gxp series of drives. Any new purchase is a risk, you might get a lemon no matter how reliable a company you buy from. If I were to buy a drive today, it would be a 60gxp just because of all the praise I hear. I have never heard of a 60gxp failing.

    I don't want to sound like I am flaming you driver. I am merely stating what I have read. I am only including this disclaimer because I had a recent incident with Dude, and I don't want to repeat it. Your opinion is very valid given you experience and I just want to say I respect that fact. Having had my WD drive fail I can understand the boat you're in, I will never buy an WD again.

    By J Silver August 16, 2001, 02:06 AM

    Get the Seagate Barracuda IV. It's faster, quieter, larger, and best of yet - cheaper. It outperforms the 60GXP series.

    By ME August 16, 2001, 03:30 AM

    quote:Originally posted by J Silver:
    Get the Seagate Barracuda IV. It's faster w/big files only and not that much difference, quietera lot hotter, larger where can you get them?, and best of yet - cheaperthat's not what pricewatch says. It outperforms the 60GXP seriesnot in small files.

    By driver August 16, 2001, 04:27 AM

    quote:I don't want to sound like I am flaming you driver. I am merely stating what I have read. I am only including this disclaimer because I had a recent incident with Dude, and I don't want to repeat it. Your opinion is very valid given you experience and I just want to say I respect that fact. Having had my WD drive fail I can understand the boat you're in, I will never buy an WD again.

    No problem. everyone is entitled to their viewpoint. I'm not even sure that I wouldn't buy another IBM drive. The thing is, when I bought mine, there was nothing but praise for it. Then, all of a sudden, I began to see reports of failures with it. Then I had a failure. All I'm saying is that I would have to see how these 60GXP drives behave after some longer term use. If would think that if no serious problems are found after 6 months or so, then it is a quality drive that even I would consider buying. It's hard to judge a product that is expected to last a relatively long time when reviewers only use it for a short amount of time. I liken it to buying a car on how it performed for an hour right off the truck. What one really wants to know is how it will behave a year or more down the road. Thus the appearance of car reviews after a year of use so as to assess a generation's reliability, etc.
    All I'm really trying to say is that with this cloud of doubt surrounding IBM drives at the moment, I would wait a little bit longer to see how they really turn out.

    By al bundy August 16, 2001, 07:40 PM

    quote:Originally posted by driver:
    All I'm saying is that I would have to see how these 60GXP drives behave after some longer term use. If would think that if no serious problems are found after 6 months or so, then it is a quality drive that even I would consider buying.

    For what it's worth, I've been using the IBM 60GXP's since these drives first came out. I use them now in all the systems I build because of their extremely high quality. Best drives I've ever seen for speed, low noise, and reliability. Never had one fail or even give a performance hiccup. Highly recommended, at least by me.

    By PointlesS August 17, 2001, 12:46 AM

    ok...the ibm 60 gxp 40 gig better be good....because I'm getting it tomorrow from newegg....or at least I hope it will be here by tomorrow...last time I checked the fed ex tracker they were in indyinapolis (sp? don't know...close enough) and I live in wisconsin...so you'd think that it'd be here by tomorrow....I can't wait...I'm replacing my maxtor 5400 rpm....ata 66 10 gig pos...that failed on me many times due to heat...oh yeah...one more thing....how hot does the ibm drive get?

    By Rez August 17, 2001, 05:01 AM

    Hmmm....I have a 45gb 75 series, no problems what so ever, but you guys are making me paranoid, think ill do some major backing up tonight

    By krazie662 August 17, 2001, 07:33 AM

    larger? LoL. And where are they cheaper? quote:Originally posted by J Silver:
    Get the Seagate Barracuda IV. It's faster, quieter, larger, and best of yet - cheaper. It outperforms the 60GXP series.


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