Transparent hard drive
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Author:  Zero Alpha [ June 8th, 2009, 2:34 ]
Post subject:  Transparent hard drive

Has anybody seen or made a transparent hard drive lid?

I saw a picture of one about a year ago that made the platter and heads visible and I am interested in buying or making one.

Author:  BlackST [ June 9th, 2009, 2:23 ]
Post subject:  Re: Transparent hard drive

Get lid from scrap drive as sample and CNC a perspex sheet. Don't forget the gasket and breather hole + eventual valve and/or filter... Maybe some adaptation needed. Simple.

Author:  pcrecovery [ June 9th, 2009, 11:22 ]
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Although not as much fun/work, and not as much visibility, you could just buy Raptor X as well.

Author:  N.C. [ June 9th, 2009, 16:59 ]
Post subject:  Re: Transparent hard drive

Get a WD clearcover drive. ;)
Or made the lid yourself....

Author:  Zero Alpha [ June 9th, 2009, 20:57 ]
Post subject:  Re: Transparent hard drive

yeah those raptor drives don't really show that much off. I might make one. I saw a picture where some guy put an LED in his also and made it look the trick. I'll put the task on the drawing board over the next couple of months.

Author:  PalmerData [ July 22nd, 2009, 11:23 ]
Post subject:  Re: Transparent hard drive

A few years back, I made a window in an old WD200BB. Cool part was that as there was only one head on the bottom, I was able to draw patterns on the top surface with retroreflective tape, then with a bunch of ultra bright leds flashing a short pulse at 120 hz, the pattern appears stationary.

It was quite impressive in the dark! My tip would be to find two identical drives, one to play with and the other to leave untouched until you are ready to swap the new lid. Old WD's are quite nice because the lids are relatively thin and easier to cut without deforming the shape. Small windows are easier to make that changing the whole lid, the head support, gasket and breath hole are already done.

This year I did away with the lid and put the whole HDD in a bell jar! Video is on youtube:

Good luck with your hard drive.

Author:  speedfreakz [ January 26th, 2010, 12:52 ]
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this is amazing!

Author:  Keatah [ April 26th, 2012, 23:20 ]
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See my ghetto drive project.

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