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Hard Drive Dying Dance Track Contest

This image was lost some time after publication, but you can still view it here.
This image was lost some time after publication, but you can still view it here.

DJ Hitachi Global Storage has dropped six new tracks on us. Head Stuck to Platter, Slow Spindle Motor, and Head Damage 1-4. Yep, these are all the authentic sounds of hard drives experiencing meltdowns. Or, as Hitachi artfully puts it: "There are various noises that may indicate a failing hard drive. If you are experiencing any of the noises, please contact the technical support center at: 888-426-5214"


Seriously, this could be the beat track to an Aphex Twin song. I'm betting that someone out there can make a great tune based on one or more of these sounds. And I've got a Tokyoflash Equalizer watch (pictured above) for the person with the DJ skills to make it happen. Here's how to win:

Create a song that a includes one or more of the noises from the sound files at the bottom of the Hitachi Global Storage defective hard drive page. The song should be no more than 3 minutes long, and must be in MP3 format. You can send a link to the file, or mail it as an attachment to You must put DRIVE TIME in the subject line, otherwise I will delete it.


You have until Thursday 1/26 to enter. The best entries will be posted for all to hear, and maybe even vote on. Godspeed you black emperor.

Hitachi Global Storage Disk Drive Knowledge Base [via Digg]

Thanks to Tokyoflash for the watch!

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