What your hard drive looks like inside

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Photo Info
UploadedMay 18, 2009
TakenMay 18, 2009
ModelCanon EOS 5D Mark II
Exposure1/250 sec at f/10
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length60 mm
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Q: what happened to the themes and the challenges?

A: Do you know?

Photo license: © All rights reserved

This the inside of a hard drive just like the one in your computer The platters that you see in the photo are what all the programs and data is stored on. They are plastic coated with a magnetic substance and can spin up to 10,000 Rpm. The arm that you see are the read-write heads and are about 5/10,000 of an inch off the platters.

62 responses

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (17 May 2009):

    Very cool shot! I love learning new things. Thank you for sharing.

  • Matt.

    Matt. (Deleted) gave props (17 May 2009):

    Nice Capture!!!

  • david ong

    david ong gave props (17 May 2009):

    cool entry! great shot!

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (17 May 2009):

    great shot and info, Joe. Thank you, I would not know.

  • Minno Ramírez Terrón

    Minno Ramírez Terrón gave props (17 May 2009):


  • Benny R@mirez

    Benny R@mirez   gave props (17 May 2009):

    good catch!! , nice work!!

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (17 May 2009):

    Wow! another lesson in computerised wizardry.....as long as I don't have to yell at it for being slow, and it works, I'll leave the details to you Joe!!! Great shot!

  • Alexis - Now on Flickr

    Alexis - Now on Flickr gave props (17 May 2009):

    cool image Joe!

  • ina:botao

    ina:botao (Deleted) said (18 May 2009):


  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (18 May 2009):

    Excellent picture!

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (18 May 2009):

    Welcome home, Joe! This is a winner.....!!!

  • Michael Ball

    Michael Ball gave props (18 May 2009):

    Awesome entry!! Great shot!!

  • Karen K Smith

    Karen K Smith gave props (18 May 2009):

    Very cool shot. Almost looks like a record player..oh yeah it is sort of a record player..great entry!

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (18 May 2009):

    very interesting, super shot love those tones and the light , fabulous entry..

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (18 May 2009):

    A very cool and fascinating capture Joe, very apt for the theme thanks for the lesson,

  • Judy Wanamaker

    Judy Wanamaker (Deleted) gave props (18 May 2009):

    This is a great shot and a great explanation, Joe. I am admitting my age when I say that it strongly resembles a record turntable. That was early technology.

  • Lanis Rossi

    Lanis Rossi gave props (18 May 2009):

    Cool shot and interesting information

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (18 May 2009):

    Rockin' the theme.

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (18 May 2009):

    Yes,,,all of the above,,as a matter of fact this shot should win this contest in my opinion....lol...love it

  • Ronnie Ginnever

    Ronnie Ginnever gave props (18 May 2009):

    Fabulous entry! Two thumbs up!!!!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (18 May 2009):

    Wow! This looks very much like an old phonograph I had it the 60's. Super shot!

  • Meggie Schwendemann

    Meggie Schwendemann gave props (18 May 2009):

    Yes, agree with leslie, looks like a beautiful old phonograph !

  • Ledge95

    Ledge95 gave props (18 May 2009):

    cool entry!!

  • Karen Foto Fiddler

    Karen Foto Fiddler (Deleted) gave props (18 May 2009):

    I agree it does kinda look like a record player. Nice work!

  • Nelson Campbell

    Nelson Campbell (Deleted) gave props (18 May 2009):

    oh great entry Joe!

  • Tori Lindo

    Tori Lindo gave props (18 May 2009):

    Nice one!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (18 May 2009):

    What an interesting picture and information...Perfect for the theme!

  • Ted Gorczyca

    Ted Gorczyca gave props (18 May 2009):

    great shot

  • Stefi Failk

    Stefi Failk (Deleted) gave props (19 May 2009):

    cool image

  • Lesley S

    Lesley S (Deleted) gave props (19 May 2009):

    Never seen the insides of a harddrive before! Great shot. Perfect for the theme!

  • Sherry

    Sherry gave props (19 May 2009):

    great unique entry!

  • Klaus Girk

    Klaus Girk (Deleted) gave props (19 May 2009):

    Way cool, great shot.

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (19 May 2009):

    Now, if can only see the inside of an ipod, hehehehe. =). Welcome back Joe & Stef.

  • Aaron Mythen

    Aaron Mythen gave props (19 May 2009):

    A very neat image well done!!

  • Ron LaFond

    Ron LaFond gave props (19 May 2009):

    Looks like an old record player. Very cool. R

  • Alexander Bussey

    Alexander Bussey said (19 May 2009):

    cool shot

  • Noa Siegrist

    Noa Siegrist gave props (19 May 2009):


  • stuart s

    stuart s   gave props (19 May 2009):

    Not only a cool shot, but informative as well.

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (20 May 2009):

    Fascinating, and a great capture and entry, Joe.

  • J Rossi

    J Rossi (Deleted) gave props (20 May 2009):

    Excellent shot!

  • Mayette Ignacio

    Mayette Ignacio gave props (21 May 2009):

    Hey man, totally awesome collections of new phots, haven't been here for a while!! way cool Joe!!

  • Gail Anderson

    Gail Anderson gave props (21 May 2009):

    cool shot!

  • Warren ~Mangione~

    Warren ~Mangione~ gave props (21 May 2009):

    Super Kool shot and entry!!!

  • Joerg Schlagheck

    Joerg Schlagheck gave props (21 May 2009):

    Wow, this is interesting and reminds me of some much older technology.

  • Patricia Shanahan

    Patricia Shanahan gave props (23 May 2009):

    What a COOL shot ! Great capture !

  • Patricia Shanahan

    Patricia Shanahan gave props (23 May 2009):

    BTW.... LOVE the crispness & detail !

  • Audrey Kanekoa-Madrid

    Audrey Kanekoa-Madrid (Deleted) gave props (23 May 2009):

    looks like a record player!

  • Lynn H

    Lynn H (Deleted) gave props (24 May 2009):

    Unique and wonderful!

  • Rob Roy

    Rob Roy (Deleted) gave props (25 May 2009):

    "Precision Plastics"!! What drives us all... neat shot, Joe!! ...and a great entry!

  • Andrew Lorimer

    Andrew Lorimer (Deleted) gave props (26 May 2009):

    Like this alot well done !!

  • Jyri Vissak

    Jyri Vissak gave props (26 May 2009):

    Very creative! Well done.

  • Steven Maguire

    Steven Maguire gave props (26 May 2009):

    Love the detail in this image!!! Great capture!!!

  • popester007

    popester007 gave props (27 May 2009):

    fits the theme well! nice photo!

  • Maria Cox

    Maria Cox gave props (28 May 2009):

    Great shot! It's amazing when you think of how much data can fit on there!

  • Aelica

    Aelica (Deleted) gave props (31 May 2009):

    good catch, fit the theme perfectly!


    YURY KUZYK said (1 Jun 2009):

    Nice composition!!

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi gave props (1 Jun 2009):

    WHO KNEW... :-) Great

  • Michael Lynch

    Michael Lynch gave props (2 Jun 2009):

    Excellent Theme entry. I thought it was an old Motorola with a 78rpm on it !

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (2 Jun 2009):

    Excellent framing, the tones are awesome!

  • Gasin Trossen

    Gasin Trossen gave props (8 Jun 2009):


  • Jorge Aviles

    Jorge Aviles (Deleted) said (27 Aug 2009):

    you know all that metal, yet very fragile.

    Good shot

  • jan-louise haller

    jan-louise haller gave props (17 Apr 2010):

    This is a nice shot !

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