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June 7, 2011 AT 5:44 pm

How a hard drive works

Bill opens up a computer hard drive to show how it is engineered. He describes how the “head” reads the magnetic information on the disk; reveals how a voice coil motor and a slider controls the position of that head. He also discusses how smooth a disk must be, and briefly mentions a mathematical technique that allows engineers to pack more information on a drive.


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