I promised my roommate I would either erase the data on this HD with a stereo magnet, or take it apart making it useless. Needless to say, I opted for option 2. Its s a fujitsu HD model # MHW2120BH - a 120GB drive discontinued according to Newegg. I've always heard hard drives are fun to take apart, but this was my first opportunity. It did not disappoint.
|It started easily enough - with a few screws and the protective cover removed. Gotta say, I do love when I come across the royal blue circuit boards rather than the plain old dark green.|
|The circuit board removed pretty easily as well. It looks a bit like it could work as a light switch cover with minimal modification. A beautiful piece.|
|This little guy was a bit of a mystery. I thought it was an RFID tag for a second (the things put in CDs and movies to prevent theft from stores), but I opened it up and turns out it was just a pad for shock absorption.|
|Man that's a mirror finish, my goodness. That disk you see is where all the 1's and 0's live.|
|Check out all the cool stuff. The long arm just above the disk is what moves across the disk and writes the data to it with what I believe are some sort of magnetic pads on the end. Didn't take the time to look up how it all works exactly.|
|And look! another Torx screw. At the store I almost didn't buy the screw driver for it because I thought I could just unscrew the first one there discretely. Now I'm, glad I did get it.|
|Well look at that. There seem to be two data disks in there, one on top of the other.|
|Next, I popped out the writing arm. It seems to be attached to what appears to be a rather important little chip in the corner there. There are little pins on the chip's underside which plugged into the circuit board from before.|
|Interesting, There were two sections to this little piece, hinged onto itself.|
|The chip removed.|
|The entrails and organs of the poor thing.|
A rather simple take-apart, but each piece was impressive in its machined precision. I would imagine these pieces are made to at least +/- a few thousandths of an inch. I expect a fair number more of HDs to come my way in the future, so it'll be interesting to see how each one (and each manufacturer) differs.