~e; decon: hard disk drive

From brian carroll <human@electronetwork.org>
Date Fri, 10 Sep 2004 14:41:01 -0500



 deconstructing the computer hard drive 
http://electronetwork.org/education/decons/harddrives.htm
<http://electronetwork.org/education/decons/harddrives.htm>

this page documents the taking-apart of a computer hard disk
drive, to learn more about it. hard drives are often referred to
as being fun to take apart and they are spectacular in design,
very pleasing artifacts in this and other drives (esp. the floppy).
the basic path of learning is between the actuator arm and its
base which is suspended in a magnetic enclosure, and the tiip
of the arm which has a read-write head to flip magnetic bits on
the platters (actual 'hard' disks, versus flexible 'floppy' plastic).
some microscope imagery of these things, and an illustration.
feedback or corrections or ideas much appreciated. brian
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