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Ever wondered what's in a hard drive?

Ever wondered what's in a hard drive?

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I'm sure that most technical people have a good idea of how hard disks work and what components reside in the small silver tins we some times replace in computers. Have you ever actually opened up the case and taken one to pieces to see for yourself? I'm not suggesting you do so as you'll no doubt destroy the device but I enjoyed reading News.com's article titled Dissecting a hard drive as they do the dirty work for you/me/us :-)

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  • I've played Hard Disc Russian Roulette once when bored in the workshop:

    1. Remove lid of hard drive

    2. Place large blob of solder on platter. Leave to solidify

    3. Spin up hard drive

    4. See who gets hit by blob of solder when disk head seek sends it flying

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