Inside a hard disk drive

Ever wondered what’s inside the metal box that stores all your stuff? If you’re a computer enthusiast you’ve probably seen it many times over, but since I’ve today had the chance to open a 10K SCSI disk up to destroy it’s insides, I took the opportunity to take some photos.

Be warned: you should never open up a hard drive unless you don’t mind losing all of the data that is stored on it. They are built in special conditions, and are sealed to prevent dust getting in and causing catatrophic damage. So, there’s your warning.

To ensure that the data is damaged, I inscribed a little message into the top surface of the single platter “Hello! I’m dead”. I did more damage after this photo.

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