Pros Realy kewl with the cover off, inside the atx side window
Cons cost more than most paperweights or rocks
Summary A few years have already passed since my Deathstar, but recently 2 showed up while fixing pc's for close family members, like thanksgining at Aunt Bertha's who realy isn't any ones aunt nor actualy geneticly female. the mystic skill to swap out parts and install a os has drawn my extended family together.
anyhow after leaving word to have a new or differet drive dropped off I found that the Deathstar worked very nicely after removing it's cover, being carefull not to get fingerprints on the shiny thingy inside then sticking it inside the see through side on my atx case. it effectivly covers some of the horrid web of wires and pc cards I stuffed inside it gleefully before realizing that it was like having a see through door on the underwear drawer, that is in the living room at Aunt Beartha's on thanksgiving day, doing buffett duty holding the ambrosa, sweet potaoe with marshmellows, the cranberrys both ripple side and natural berry with stem, giblet gravey, well you know,
so I hafta give the good ole Deathstar extra points for hiding my pc guts.
Pros Works well as a paperweight or doorstop. doubles as a weapon.
Cons If it lasts longer than a year, then consider yourself ahead of most. I have had several of these drives- all of which failed within the first or second year. IBM will send a replacement, but guess what- SAME DRIVE. You would do well to stay away from
Pros mine were cheap
Cons had two, both died with thi clicking sound, first one lasted a year, second one lasted days
Pros Fast, when it's working.
Cons Dies suddenly, with no warning. IBM utilities are useless. Truly not worth the heartburn it will cause you later.
Pros Aside from some bad sectors it worked for almost two years
Cons I got the same clicking death of the hdd that many others have described. At least I got to record the sound to some mp3-files that I can sit and listen to now afterwards to remember my IBM Deskstar