How Can a Hard Drive's Platter Shatter, Without Evidence of Impact?

"Another day, another replaced hard drive," Chris Cook thought at his tech support desk while unwrapping the unit, fresh from storage. Until he turned the fixed Dell on and heard the weirdest rattling noise ever. » 4/23/09 11:00pm 4/23/09 11:00pm

Mac Mini Inside an Apple Disk II Case

Thirty years ago, it would have been obscene to think a PC could fit into a case the size of the Apple II's floppy drive. Now Charles Mangin's Mac Mini lives in one. » 2/23/09 9:20pm 2/23/09 9:20pm

Recycle Years of Broken Hard Drives into a Surprisingly Non-Dorky Clock

Instructables has posted a guide to breaking down 3.5" hard drives and creating a wall clock out of the pieces. The guide calls for a bunch of the washers used to separate hard drive platters as well as the innards of a cheapie clock the builder had lying around. It's a pretty easy project, but what's remarkable is… » 11/01/08 1:00pm 11/01/08 1:00pm

HP USB Flash Drive Can Pretend To Be Floppy

No... not that kind of floppy...a disk-type one. Why is this useful? Apparently some BIOS updates still need you to jam in a floppy disk, despite the fact that many a PC nowadays ships without a drive for you to jam the disk into. So HP's floppy-emulating USB flash drive gizmo is more a sysadmin's friend, rather than… » 10/24/08 5:24am 10/24/08 5:24am

USB Floppy Drive Concept: Oregon Trail Not Included

Designer Thomas O'Connor » 10/11/08 3:30pm 10/11/08 3:30pm has come up with a concept to join the legions of with this charming USB Floppy Drive. Take one of those floppy disks granpappy's always going on about, hollow it out, stuff it with some flash storage and a USB dongle and you've got a "sustainable" and nostalgic USB drive. It looks to be a…

Seagate to Begin Switch to SSD

Seagate has decided to enter the solid-state disk (SSD) market in 2009, starting the company's switch from hard disk drives (HDD). Their first target: corporate America. Once they've got the cubicle commanders, they'll move to consumers. Seagate senior manager Rich Vignes seems to be awfully defensive about this move,… » 10/11/08 10:30am 10/11/08 10:30am

7-in-1 Card Reader Includes Floppy Disk for Those People Trapped in 1987

Pop this USB 2.0-connected gadget into a spare drive bay in your PC and you will be able to read Smart Media, Compact Flash, Memory Stick, Secure Digital, MultiMedia Card, MicroDrive memory cards and... 3.5-inch floppy disks? You will have to spend $39 to discover if those 1987 backups still have any data. [RedFerret] » 2/20/08 10:22am 2/20/08 10:22am

LaCie Golden Disk Looks Like Gold, Feels Like a Disk

The LaCie Golden Disk is made for those of you who went to Ikea, looked around, and decided to decorate your home with a more ancient Aztec motif instead. It holds 500GB for a price of $189, which isn't all too bad when you consider that it's designed by Ora-Ito, a guy who enjoys Legos and tentacular porn. Best of… » 9/11/07 5:30pm 9/11/07 5:30pm