Help! What does a computer hard drive disk look like?

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Help! What does a computer hard drive disk look like?

Post  eddie on Fri Nov 11, 2011 3:26 pm

Almost certainly, this will sound like a stupid question to anyone who knows anything about the insides of a computer. But I don't, so here goes..

I have to mail off my defunct computer's hard drive disk for data retrieval, but having gutted the bloody thing I see nothing disc-shaped- just several box-like structures. So what do I mail?

My best guess is a flat oblong box 4" X 5 3/4" labelled 'Seagate. Ultra. Barracuda 7200.7. 40 Gbytes. Model ST 3400 14A.' and other gobbledegook in which the word "drive" is mentioned several times. This would be conclusive to my simple brain, except that the flat box in question isn't wide enough to contain a conventionally-sized CD or CD-Rom disk. Does this matter?

Or am I barking up the wrong tree entirely? scratch

Any hints on easy hard disk recognition gratefully received.

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Re: Help! What does a computer hard drive disk look like?

Post  Guest on Fri Nov 11, 2011 3:35 pm

.... Sad

I saw one once...it looked about 6"x6"x half an inch...that's not helpful though.

Sorry eddie, I wish I could help.

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Post  eddie on Fri Nov 11, 2011 3:40 pm

blue moon wrote:I saw one once...it looked about 6"x6"x half an inch.

That was my impression too, on the only occasion on which I've seen one. But that was a decade ago, and I presume the technology of miniaturisation has moved on since then.

I'm baffled.

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Post  Guest on Fri Nov 11, 2011 3:43 pm

...could you just post the whole contraption?

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Re: Help! What does a computer hard drive disk look like?

Post  eddie on Fri Nov 11, 2011 3:49 pm

blue moon wrote:...could you just post the whole contraption?

The whole computer? Shocked

I'd have to rent a truck.

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Re: Help! What does a computer hard drive disk look like?

Post  eddie on Fri Nov 11, 2011 3:52 pm

Tats? You know about these things.

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Post  Guest on Fri Nov 11, 2011 3:54 pm

...she'll be sleeping now eddie...it's 2am

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Post  pinhedz on Fri Nov 11, 2011 3:57 pm

You'll probably have to open up the hard drive to get to the disc:




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Re: Help! What does a computer hard drive disk look like?

Post  eddie on Fri Nov 11, 2011 4:05 pm

pinhedz wrote:You'll probably have to open up the hard drive to get to the disc:




Ah! That looks encouragingly like the flat box I mention above^.

But does it matter that mine is only 4 inches X five-and-three-quarter inches?

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Post  eddie on Fri Nov 11, 2011 4:08 pm

blue moon wrote:...she'll be sleeping now eddie...it's 2am

Oh, right. I don't know much about Geography either!

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Post  eddie on Fri Nov 11, 2011 4:16 pm

Pinz, do you have a photo of the bottom of this object?



Mine has a small circular protuberance one-and-a-half inches in diamater. If yours does too, then it's almost certainly what I'm after.

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Post  Guest on Fri Nov 11, 2011 4:19 pm

eddie wrote:Mine has a small circular protuberance one-and-a-half inches in diamater. If yours does too, then it's almost certainly what I'm after.
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Re: Help! What does a computer hard drive disk look like?

Post  eddie on Fri Nov 11, 2011 4:24 pm

Embarassed Embarassed Embarassed

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Re: Help! What does a computer hard drive disk look like?

Post  felix on Fri Nov 11, 2011 5:25 pm

Eddie

Yes, that Seagate thingy is your hard drive. Whatever you do, don't try to open the drive to get at the disc!!!!

Disconnect carefully, wrap in bubble wrap and sturdy packaging before you post it.

Good luck with the recovery.

(The disc inside is a magnetic recording device, ie not at all related to CDs - optical recording wotsits)


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