Failures of IBM Deskstar 75GXP series hard disks

Antti.Roppola at Antti.Roppola at
Thu Jan 17 14:07:31 EST 2002

This generated lots of threads on Slashdot:
Follow the links in the article and some of the higher scoring
comments for much discussion on if a problem exists.

One more bit of hearsay from the comments:

} General concensus in messages boards seems to be that IBM hard
} drives manufactured in Hungary seem to fail at a greater rate
} than from other factories.


-----Original Message-----
From: Grant Morphett [mailto:grant at]
Sent: Thursday, 17 January 2002 1:13 PM
To: David Price
Cc: linux at
Subject: Re: Failures of IBM Deskstar 75GXP series hard disks

Hmmmm, I have 4 DTLA-307020 (20 GB) running with various RAID setup's in a Dual
PIII667 box.  They run 24x7 and have done for over a year without any problems. 
Guess I am just lucky.

Thanks for the info though.


On Thu, 17 Jan 2002 12:09:05 +1100
David Price <davidmprice at> wrote:

> Hi.  I just thought I should warn people about an unusually high
> failure rate of IBM's Deskstar 75GXP series hard disks.  IBM denies
> there is a problem, so they haven't been recalled, but many users have
> lost their entire hard disk contents as a result of these failures
> (myself included - although I did have a fairly recent backup).  Some
> user comments and links to a class action against IBM can be found
> here:
> The models in the 75GXP series are:
> DTLA-307015 (15 GB)
> DTLA-307030 (30 GB)
> DTLA-307045 (45 GB)
> DTLA-307060 (60 GB)
> DTLA-307075 (75 GB)
> To identify your model, run:
> hdparm -i /dev/hda
> (or whatever your hard disk is)
> Check the Model= part, which may read something like:
>  Model=IBM-DTLA-307045
> You could also look at the disk itself, or the receipt (you kept the
> receipt I hope) if that is easier.
> If you have one of these hard disks, I'd recommend making regular
> backups, and transfer to a different disk if possible.  I doubt you'll
> be able to return them until they fail, since IBM hasn't issued a
> recall.

Grant Morphett
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