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    Good Hard Drive Deal AT Fry's

    Hi all-

    IBM 40 GB Deckstar 120 GXP series 7200 RPM, 2MB cache drive on sale at the Fry's STORES for $ 69.00!!!

    On sale through tomorrow.
    http://shop2.outpost.com/product/3217421
    http://www.storage.ibm.com/hdd/desk/ds120gxp.htm


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    A lot of people a shying away from the IBM products because of their faulty 75GXP Series drive. Never-the-less, that is a really good deal though.
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    Damn. That is a VERY good deal. The 120GXP is an excellent drive even at its usual price.

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    This is off of www.storagereview.com and is food for thought before you think of purchasing one of these drives...

    I wanted to find out more about the 120GXP in regards to the 333 recommended power on hours so I spoke with IBM today. I didn't record the conversation, but below is the gist of the conversation. The sentences are not identical direct quotes, but they should be identical in meaning. Things might also things might be slightly out of order for the sake of continuity.
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    Q: Would you recommend this drive in a server role?
    A: No, the drive is intended to be on for no more than about 8 hours a day. If it were only used during that period and then shut down for the day, then it would be fine, but it definitely should NOT be used in a 24/7 role for those customers concerned with reliability.

    Q: This spec is new with the 120GXP series, not other manufactures have used this specification. Was this spec introduced as a marketing strategy or a technical issue?
    A: It's definitely a technical issue.

    Q: Does the recommended power on hours have anything to do with "pixie dust" drives?
    A: Well, we are certainly working to improve the pixie dust technology. Each drive generation has gotten better than the previous.

    Q: Is this in response to the 75GXP reliability problems?
    A: We aren't allowed to comment on that, but if you know what's going on with that, you will understand why.

    Q: You mean the lawsuit on the reliability of 75GXP drives?
    A: Yes.

    Q: So have there been as many failures with the 120GXP as the 75GXP?
    A: Not at all, In fact, I haven't heard of any 120GXP failures yet.

    Q: Back to this recommendation of power on hours, why did IBM introduce it?
    A: We want our customers to know that IBM drives are reliable and we are working to make our drives more reliable. One way to show this is to inform the customers of what usage is appropriate for the drive. Limiting the power on hours should significantly reduce failures.

    Q: Will this power on hours spec become involved with the warranty in future drives?
    A: Probably not. Right now, this spec is a response specific to the GXP series. We may not even specify this spec in the future.

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    There were other things said, but above is as much as I can faithfully remember of the conversation. Interesting note: 333 hours comes 11 hours a day, yet according to this IBM person, the senior tech person said 8 hours a day (which is only 240hrs/month)--some 33% of the originally specified 46%.

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    I too read that in the storage review write up. I believe that IBM is now being overly cautious. Only time will tell.

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    I'd say IBM are covering their asses too. On paper the 120GXP looks like one of the most reliable drives available. Problems with the 75GXP were apparent, but problems with the 60GXP are mostly unfounded.

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    There is no such thing as a "good deal at Fry's!" I woundn't by a postage stamp from those *******s! All of their crap is used, or customer returned...

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    true but then again you can just return it yourself i you don't like it.

    deals on 40 gig 7200 maxtor drives are around all the time with these prices. i say screw ibm.

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    There are sometimes, but as always, buyer beware.

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    I do most my shopping at frys. They have been great to me. Customer service sucks,but who needs them anyway. Return policy is as lax as they come. I always wondered who it was who bought the stuff that was marked return tested.
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    NewEgg has them for $70 +7 shipping. Michgan has 6% sales tax so if I had a Fries locally (which I don't think there is one around here), it would would still cost me $74.15 after tax or I can be lazy and order it from home for a total of $77. That is less that $3 differance.

    I of coarse don't feel good about gettting an IBM drive either. I am looking at something more like the Maxtor drives with the Quiet Drive (Fluid Dynamic Bearing). They have great seek times (less than 8ms). Either the 60GB for $97 or I might bet teh new WD drive. They have an 80GB of their 8MB cache drives for only $130. It is supposed to be shipping from NewEgg 5-8-02. I bit higher than I want to pay, but it should perform pretty good (better than my WD 20GB ATA66 drive).

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    I have a total of 9 hard drives in use for almost 4 years now. None of them ever gave me a trouble. They are Seagate or Western digital.

    Maxtor used to have reliability problem and sued their IC supplier. But that was 5-6 years ago. Thanks god I checked this post. I almost wanted to buy the IBM HD when I saw the Fry's commercial this morning. I thought IBM always made reliable products.

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    "There is no such thing as a "good deal at Fry's!" I woundn't by a postage stamp from those *******s! All of their crap is used, or customer returned... "


    Yep Frys is the worst place to by from.I have one cpu and mobo "fry"(same as the name) on me from there.I also had a monitor and Cd rom go out on me in less than a year that I bought there.All there stuff is used or returned crap.Next time you go there look for blue stickers on the boxes that means they were returned.

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    WELL - DO NOT GET IT. My 6 week old array RAID 0 from 2*60GB 120GXPs is DEAD. One drive fails to spin up as of this afternoon. Bad luck? Who knows.

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    Did you get it at Fry's?

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