Disasters and Recovery

From: Sam Ismail <dastar_at_ncal.verio.com>
Date: Sun Jan 17 18:20:35 1999

On Sun, 17 Jan 1999, Tony Duell wrote:

> The motor and positioner bearings will probably stick. Sure you _can_
> dismantle the HDA in a clean room and re-lubricate, but re-aligning the
> drive will not be trivial

I would hope that in 100 years re-aligning a late-1990's hard drive would
be a trivial task. Otherwise there would be no purpose to this time
capsule thing.

It would be really funny if a technology time capsule from 1999 turned
into an extraordinary gift to a future that has lost all knowledge of

> The heads will almost certainly stick to the platter, and the head
> surface may well be damaged as a result.
> Will the platter demagnetise, or suffer from magnetic patterns shifting
> with time. It's certainly possible.

By then they should have technology that can read the magnetic remnants of
a floppy disk that has disintegrated into dust, no?

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