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Cooler666

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My 82.3GB IBM 120GXP Hard Disk is making some hard noises when Windows XP boots up as it enters windows as if its having a hard time doing something.

do you think this is soon the end of my 1 month old hard disk? could there be another lawsuit going IBM's way?
 

orangezero

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i've read recently that they aren't supposed to be used for more than 8-11 hrs at a time. i would put some cooling on that sucker anyhow.

sorry, i had a stupid 60gxp for a bit too.
 

Lou Natic

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Aren't supposed to be used for more than 8-11 hours at a time? What kind of halfassed engineering is that?
 

LiGhTBoY

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It's the engineering that says don't run faster than 80M/h cuz you get caught. In this case IBM suggested running these drives 8h/day just to protect you (don't forget that these drives heat up :) ). If you don't know much about computers ( i don't mean you , generally speaking) you would turn it off after 8 hours. If now you are familiar with computers (I suppose you are since you are here :) ) then you know that cooling that drive will alow it to be used for more than 8 hours.
 

CompuDrew

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Hey, Cooler, I have the same exact drive and I was just wondering a couple things: Did you have any cooling on it? How many fans are you running? AMD or Intel? You are using as your C drive, I take it?

I've recently put an 80mm fan on mine (used to be an exhaust fan) and added a 42cfm exhaust fan to replace the 80mm. I'm running a P4 1.5 and it seems to stay very cool. I use my IBM drive as a slave drive, so it doesn't get worked as much, but I did notice (before the cooling) that it did run a little warmer than my 20 gig 7200 WD drive (which I've never cooled and have had it for years) <keeping fingers crossed>
 

Yodums

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Start backing things up, then download the IBM Diagnostic Tool. Your going to have to check it out this sucker might die any second I'm guessing. You should go out and buy a HDD Cooler.

Those 120GXP only run at a limited 8 hours a day I think as mentioned above, because they overheat, so run and get a HDD cooler.

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Cooler666

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I've got a 80mm YS-Tech fan blowing on that sucker, i'm using an Intel Northwood btw, although it has only clicked like that once today..maybe its getting better.
 

Yodums

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Cooler666 said:
I've got a 80mm YS-Tech fan blowing on that sucker, i'm using an Intel Northwood btw, although it has only clicked like that once today..maybe its getting better.

Run the diagnostic and see how it is.
 

ThePunkGeek

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1 month old umm don't it have a 3 year (or atleast 1 year warrenty?) am on my 4th maxtor drive and i will send it back every month till i get my full 3 years outta them!
 

Dissolved

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well all hdd's do go bad sometime. ive had a 75gxp, 40gxp, and now a 120gxp, all worked fine. i have a 80mm fan blowing on my hdd, and i have a temp program to warm me when it hits 37c. i dont run it over that to help protect its life.
 
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Cooler666

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i run the Diagnosis which says everything is OK, but its still making that hard noise every time it goes into Windows XP
 

nikhsub1

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Cooler666 said:
i run the Diagnosis which says everything is OK, but its still making that hard noise every time it goes into Windows XP

And IBM will NOT allow an RMA unless it fails their DFT, no matter what the drive is doing! Talk about SUCK!
 

Mr. $T$

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Lou Natic said:
Aren't supposed to be used for more than 8-11 hours at a time? What kind of halfassed engineering is that?

Half *** :beer: you cooked your drive. that is why you should only buy nothing over 60Gb if you need more storage get two hard drives, not one.
 

Lou Natic

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I didn't cook my drive, I've got a WD 60gig. Even have a 80mm fan sitting infront of it blowing in it's ear. :D I just think if I'm going to spend the cash, I don't want a time-limit.

As far as big HDs (over 100gb) go, I'm going to wait alittle bit longer. By the end of this year most of the wierd quirks will be ironed out, as the 200gb+ drives start hitting the shelves.
 
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Cooler666

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Mr. $T$ said:


Half *** :beer: you cooked your drive. that is why you should only buy nothing over 60Gb if you need more storage get two hard drives, not one.

so how come the 75GXP and 60GXP 60GB hard drives had many failures?
 

muddocktor

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As the former owner of 2 - 75GXP Deathstars, I can attest to the fact that IBM has a way to go to get reliability in their newer hard drives. I've had to RMA 3 drives; the 2 that I bought and 1 replacement drive that they sent me back for my first RMA.:mad: Each time that I had to RMA a drive, it has cost me around $10 for shipping. In this last round of replacements, they shipped me 2 - 120GXP drives as replacements. I presently have 1 in operation on my P3 1000E rig but I still don't trust it. I still have the drive I pulled out of that rig sitting in case this 120GXP takes a dump too. In every case of failure, I've had good airflow around the drives, so heat shouldn't have been a factor in the drive failures. Strangely enough, it seems like those 75GXP's started the death rattle after moving my rig while it was shut down so that I could do something inside my case. This was after a normal shutdown, so the drive heads should have been in park position. I didn't jar my case or anything else unusual when I moved it; I just layed it on it's side and worked on my rig, then put it back in it's position and hooked up the cables before powering up.