Dissecting a Quamtum 4Gb Bigfoot hard drive - pt1
by, 01-05-2012 at 05:34 PM (504 Views)
WARNING - DO NOT OPEN ANY WORKING HARD DRIVES WITHOUT A CLEAN-ROOM ENVIRONMENT.
YOU MAY DESTROY YOUR WORKING HARD DRIVE IF YOU OPEN IT WITHOUT THE PROPER EQUIPMENT IN A PROPER CLEAN-ROOM FACILITY!!!
Having said that, let us proceed.
During the course of my career I have opened many hard drives, just to see what these look like, and of course!!! To get the magnets!!!
Voice-coil magnets are extremely strong, and is just the thing needed to pinch somebody's earlobes, or any other delicate part of the anatomy... errrrr....
...errr... sorry, wrong channel, this is not Club BOFH.
Anyway, as I was saying, voice-coil magnets are very strong, and care is needed when working with these in case some delicate *ahem* piece of your anatomy is pinched between two strong magnets. You have been warned.
The Bigfoot series was very fascinating to me when they came out, since the trend was towards physically smaller hard drives, not physically larger HDD's.
Anyway. It's quite an interesting HDD as it got a "window" at the bottom, where you can see the heads moving if you so want.
To disassemble any HDD, you'll need a proper set of tools. I bought this screwdriver with an assortment of screw tips at a Chinese mall :
You'll probably need a bigger Philips screwdriver, with assorted bits, in order to loosen any screws which might be quite a bit tight.
Then, studying the case of the Bigfoot, we find :
Black is the screws we'll need to remove (this includes the PC Board). Yellow means the sticker/warranty label is hiding a screw.
Unfasten those screws, and put these in a safe place.