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Sunday, March 12, 2006

How a hard drive works

Ever wondered what happened beneath a hard drive cover when it's actually seeking data? well, Check this out!

After seing this, I can certainly understand why we hear about people having problems with their hard disks all the time. (Click on the big play sign to start the video)


  • Watching this video reinforces what myself and some of my friends have been saying for years : hard drives are awfully primitive.

    Really, there's got to be *some* other technology for long term data storage, ie, one that doesn't involve platters spinning at 15,000 RPM.

    By Blogger Spook, at 11:05 AM  

  • This is why advertising "no movng components", actually can mean something. Hard drives by virtue of how fast they move, break down very quickly and are designed to last between 2 and 5 years. Hardware without moving components will last much longer.

    As the iPod Nano shows, flash memory has come a very long way. While a 1GB flash drive is still more money than a 120GB hard drive, flash memory is increasing in capacity and bits per penny MUCH faster than conventional storage methods.

    It also has the benefit of being potentially much faster, and more reliable. It will be a very good day when flash memory has become cheap enough that laptops will start shipping with it instead of a conventional hard drive.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:53 PM  

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