August 2006.   Most of these Deathstar drives failed young.  This one…did not.  Still running when it tripped the temp alarm, finally getting ready to fail at 13 years service.  Not bad. 

Who runs PC’s for 13 years?  You’d be surprised….



There was about a 5 year period when a whole lot of motherboard manufacturers got stung by bad caps. 

I’m still finding them in service from time to time. Some displaying bizarre symptoms, others none at all, only discovered when cleaning.  Most aren’t worth repair.