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Computer Hard-Drive In Slow-Motion

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If you have ever wondered what goes on under the covers of a hard drive (and we know you have)…well wonder no more because the Slow Mo Guys were able to catch it on video…slow motion video.

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The video is short and sweet, funny and shocking like what happens when you pour a gallon of water on a drive…Here is a previously unreleased video which was shot almost 2 years ago for our original trailer. Inside a hard drive. Plus a bit of unnecessary destruction.Shot at 1000fps.

A typical HDD design consists of a spindle that holds flat circular disks, called platters, which hold the recorded data. The platters are made from a non-magnetic material, usually aluminum alloy, glass, or ceramic. The hard drive contains a spinning platter with a thin magnetic coatingA “head” moves over the platter, writing 0’s and 1’s as tiny areas of magnetic North or South on the platterTo read the data back.

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The head goes to the same spot, notices the North and South spots flying by, and so deduces the stored 0’s and 1’s.Just remember: don’t try this at home with a functioning drive that you still use, or one under warranty. Removing the top cover of the drive allows for dust particles, moisture, and other things to get inside the drive that will cause damage either immediately or over time. There’s my disclaimer…otherwise…if it’s some old drive that you don’t need anymore, have at it. The slow mo guys sure did./wikipedia

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