Suicidal HDD (OT mystery)

From: Max Eskin <>
Date: Fri May 1 19:36:29 1998

Well, I guess I got my answer, so, if I may inquire, why is it that
older hard drives did not need a clean room? Were they sufficiently
rought that you could just pull them apart?
>> distance? Is there a way to block their effects, using metal, for
>Well, mu-metal would be a reasonable screen, but it's not cheap and
>be bent to shape after annealing. A larger room might well be cheaper!
>> example? Can I fix the broken drives?
>If it's magnetic damage to the servo information, then it's almost
>impossible to repair. You'd need a clean room and the rig used to write
>the information at the factory. I don't think many hobbyists have that
>sort of setup.
>The other suggestion was mechanical damage from vibration. This might
>more likely, actually. Repairing that (which would be similar to a
>headcrash) is going to be impossible as well.
>In general even _I_ class modern hard drives as being impossible to
>repair. I'll do electronic repairs on the older winchesters (but modern
>drives are all custom chips, so that's impossible now), and I'll repair
>demountables with no problems at all. But I don't have a clean room to
>dismantle the HDA (yet!)

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