Rodime drives are famously garbage.
It never fails someone chimes in with that statement, but does anyone have statistics to support it? So far as I can tell in contemporary literature Rodime seemed to have a respectable-enough reputation, at least until they went under in terms of selling products and turned into a shell company existing solely for patent trolling. Companies like CMI come off far worse in terms of evidence supporting that their actual products sucked.
The fact that any of these drives, from any manufacturer, work at all 30 years later is basically a miracle.
(Also, let it be noted that even "good" manufacturers turn out the occasional lemon. Seagate sold a bazillion of their ST351/A IDE drives, one of the last common drives using an old-fashioned stepper motor positioner instead of a voice-coil, and I saw *so* many dead ones after they turned three or four years old. The very common and otherwise-okay ST-225 got a bad reputation for a while because it was easy to damage it by denting the case with too-long screws... etc.)
Edited by Gorgonops, 10 January 2017 - 01:53 AM.