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Photography by Sam Murphy

$1,000 WIND CHIMES

image Finding the softer side of hard drive platters.

By Thomas Arey

Over the years, I have accumulated a number of computer hard drives which either failed or needed upgrading. These old drives were no longer collecting data; they were collecting dust. So it was time to void the warranties and open the cases.

Fair warning: Cracking open any hard drive will probably stop it from working. These units are assembled in clean-room conditions, and while my basement workshop is a fantastic place full of wonders, ...

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