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 a several-year period where many motherboard manufacturers got stung by bad capacitors.   Most have failed by now and are out of service.  But not all!   Motherboards can be recapped, but it’s often cost-effective to just upgrade them by replacement.