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 Post subject: Modding a Harddrive (visually)?
PostPosted: Mon Jun 21, 2010 2:55 pm 
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i glanced at the Overclocking the Harddrive thread, which got me to think if you can overclock a drive, you can also mod it visually. is it possible? it would noticeably void the drive's warranty, but i would like to know if it's feasible to visually mod a hardddrive (like change the casing to a clear casing, to see inside as the platters get read and written to.


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I saw a mod like that in CPU magazine. It looked cool but i don't know how one would go about doing it.


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you would need a clean room if you wanted it to work reliably afterward. special tools and jigs also..

for just show you can simply hack a window in. it will run for a while. probably.

someone made a HD with a window in it from the factory. dunno if its still around.


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Western Digital did that awhile back. I would say that you COULD do it, but it's not likely to be worth it. The data sectors on the platters are far too sensitive still. If you can find a way, then more power to you.


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Well, I havn't done it, but from opening up some drives that died on me for funsies, I could see how it's possible. But I hope you don't have pets if you try, because that hair gets everywhere! I would do it on either a secondary drive that is backed up everyday, or just a drive that I have sitting on my desk (with no data) to impress my friends.

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Big thanks for the input, all. I guess i can try it once my Harddrive dies out to practice on.


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Just an update on this idea, thought it might help. I found this page.


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 Post subject: Re: Modding a Harddrive (visually)?
PostPosted: Sun Nov 07, 2010 9:53 am 
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Yeah, we did this way back when with a WD 60G IDE drive during the Delphi days. Even with all the warnings that we'd kill the drive, it worked fine for over a year. I'm not sure what happened to it, but it worked up until the day it was removed. Just bag up the parts as soon as possible...


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