I have a year and a half old dead Maxtor DiamonMax 16 that came with an OEM Compaq Presario S5300NX.
I have been through the ringer wondering why my OEM XP Home failed.
Finally, I pull the hard drive out of it and I see that the air hole is covered over with a white sticker.
Were the air holes covered on your dead Maxtor's?
Every hard drive I have ever seen old or new has had a warning on the label stating not to cover the air hole right beside of the air hole but this dead Maxtor of mine has no such warning plus you can see in the link to the scan I made of it that the air hole is covered with a white sticker.
If this is not supposed to be this way but yet drives like this with the air hole covered were provided for OEM machines it is my OPINION that this was done purposefully to cause the hard drive to fail years before it should. Maybe Maxtor is getting a kickback from Compaq or Microsoft to do this because it means that one must buy another hard drive plus purchase Windows because OEM restore disks only work on the OEM hard drive that came with the OEM machine so if this is to generate revenue it profits Microsoft greatly because one must buy Windows since under the conditionds of a dead OEM hard drive the OEM restore disks won't work BUT buying Windows off the shelf will reinstall the system.
Think this is intentional ot not?
If yes, then what could be done about it?
If not, then why cover the air hole on OEM hard drives?