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    Hard Drive Abuse

    Ok, whenever I dispose of a HDD, I like to dismantle it to get the rare earth magnets out...

    This particular HDD (3ish gig) was well on its way out, so I thought I'd make a quick video called hard drive abuse It's surprising how powerful the motor is in a hard drive. After I made this vid (with the video function on my canon powershot G5) the hard drive was definitely ready for the bin! (minus the magnet) More fun than just binning it straight away


    Stupid Video Here (6.7MB)

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    Hehe, nice. What's the stuff on the surface of the platters? Is it just the surface tarnishing when it's exposed to air?

    Next time you do it, throw some bugs in.

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    nice one mate, ive always wanted to see a hard drive spinning with the cover off.
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    Originally posted by MuFu
    Hehe, nice. What's the stuff on the surface of the platters? Is it just the surface tarnishing when it's exposed to air?
    Hard drive platters don't tarnish, certainly not that quickly. My guess would be physical damage caused by the dust that got in between the heads and the platters.
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    lol, glad you like it. The weird stuff on the platters is actually the result of me messing around with a bit of blu tac...The heads then seemed to like to go and polish it again, it was quite amusing. (and I was bored)

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    pretty amazing how fast they spin huh? then you gotta think what a cdrom does for 52x speed- over 30k rpm! thats faster than dremels! its amazing how they can be read at that speed at all

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    Originally posted by krupted
    its amazing how they can be read at that speed at all
    yeah very true, and acctually pretty quiet for that speed!

    BTW andy, was that a 5400RPM drive or a 7200RPM?
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    That was a 5400rpm

    Yeah I can't believe the things actually work either, especially when you see the read heads just instantly flick to exactly the right place on the disk to read the data. Just leaves me thinking...how the heck did it do that?

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    imagine a 15,000RPM

    its crazy how it manages to move that fast to the right place, no wonder they break.
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