Yeah, it's the 75GXP (DTLA) series drives that had gotten the "Deathstar" moniker.
Ran into 2x 15GB drives of that series a few years ago, I think 2014, when I was still buying vintage motherboards. They were barely used when I got them (less than 5 POH) and still functioned as normal, and I immediately updated the firmware on those drives. They eventually were used in my server and compile box setups when the web server was completely upgraded (the compile box was an entirely new build) in 2017, mainly for my amusement. Over time, one drive had accumulated some bad sectors (3 as of this writing, along with 19772 POH), and one never did.
The kicker? The one without any bad sectors died, lmao. Nice squeaking sound emitted from the drive. That one was in the compile box build. No important data was lost, as what was deemed such would be moved to the Maxtor 250GB drive ASAP. The one in the main web server is still running to this day! But I redid the compile box build using my older IBM 34GXP drive, which has been in quite a few builds since obtaining it in 2004.
I suspect these particular drives were stored in a garage (or some other location) that wasn't climate controlled, however, which didn't help. I'm pondering replacing the boot HDDs in both builds with SSDs.
Some old DTLA SMART stats from the main web server in January 16, 2017.
Edit: They were both manufactured in Hungary in August 2000. There are also some Malaysian-manufactured DTLA units, and I heard those were much more reliable. They aren't common, however.
Edit 2: 34GXP not the non-existent 35GXP!
Computer in my collection that had too much work done is... Compaq Armada 1573DM!
- Original DSTN panel replaced with an HPA panel (now gone)
- Left hinge repaired twice
- Front panel replaced thrice
- Replaced busted inverter
- Chassis replacement