HDD died in a spectacular way

From: Pete Turnbull <pete_at_dunnington.u-net.com>
Date: Sat May 2 20:36:48 1998

On May 2, 16:53, PG Manney wrote:
> The head had gouged its way through the entire thickness of the platter;
> Anyone ever seen a worse failure?

Not seen, but heard...

Some time ago, I had a little Seagate 50MB drive on running on the shelf
above a workstation. I knew it had a stiction problem, so I tended to
leave it running most of the time. So there I was, minding my own
business, as they say, and suddenly there was a very loud BANG. I couldn't
see anything amiss, but I shut things down anyway. Then I realised any
damage that was going to be done by whatever went bang had presumably
already happened. I wasn't going to find much out by staring at a blank
screen, so I powered everything up again. All came to life, but the
Seagate just reported disk errors. Tried reformatting; no joy. So I took
it apart. Every platter had huge circular gouges, and two of the heads
were in bits, mostly embedded in the walls of the disk chamber.

Pete						Peter Turnbull
						Dept. of Computer Science
						University of York
Received on Sat May 02 1998 - 20:36:48 BST

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