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April 25, 2006

Top 5 Dead Hard Drive Projects

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Hard Drive Laser Oscilloscope

This project was inspired by Aftotech’s Hard Drive Speakers (page 4). Basically the voice coil drive circuit was located on the hard drive controller board and disconnected by cutting a trace. The voice coil was metered and was found to be 10 ohms, this was within range to be driven directly from my stereo speaker output.
A laser was mounted to the hard drive body, the laser output bounces off a mirror that is mounted at the edge of the hard drive body. The first mirror is top hinged and has a wire connecting it to the read/write arm of the hard drive. Now when the read/write arm moves the vertical deflection of the laser beam is changed.
The first mirror points its laser output to a second mirror is mounted to the center of the hard drive platter. Initially the second mirror was intended to be spun using the hard drive motor however the hard drive motor spins too fast. Instead the platter is moved by hand allowing fine control of the horizontal laser position.
We have all seen an oscilloscope hooked up to a speaker output to allow us to “watch” the music. Well now you can see a standard oscilloscope and a Hard Drive Oscilloscope side by side!
NEW… See how to make your own.

Hard Drive Laser Oscilloscope Working Group: Five Alarm Funk, Song: Aint No One Man

Hard Drive Laser Oscilloscope Walk Around Group: Foo Fighters, Song: No Way Back


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118 Responses to “Top 5 Dead Hard Drive Projects”

  1. Stanley Fisher Says:

    here is the link http://www.debrace.com/home.php?cat=2

  2. Alan Parekh Says:

    Hi Stanley,

    Thanks for the link, that is actually a very cheap price for the custom clock!

  3. zff Says:


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  5. media player Says:

    Wow there are some really talented and creative people out there. Great inventions all done with hard drives.

  6. Jay Says:

    This is a nice proyect. Those magnets have two poles per side. So, it is necessary to cut them in 2 pieces with a stone cutting disk.

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  8. Nikhil Says:

    Hey guys could any1 tell me more abt dis I damn wanna hack my hard disk but donno where to strt frm pls pls pls lemme know like steps for my Samsung HD!!!! pretty PSL!!!!! 😀
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  9. clark smith Says:

    Great ideas! I usually just smash them and pour water over them.

  10. Jarvis Says:

    Wow, pretty tech!

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  12. dual monitors Says:

    this reminds me of that Radiohead contest where the first place dude used all old hardrives for the video. Geeh wish I could find it, you would all really appreciate it 🙂

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  15. Spotted Marley Says:

    You can use the magnets from inside your HDD and a 75 cent reed switch to get that stepper motor spinning super fast.

    Here’s the video tutorial: http://jaytube.org/share/PueF3b3XXBo

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    I go through a ton of hard drives. I’ve made a USS Enterprise, Motorcycle and various other stuff:



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