- Anatomy of a FDD/HDD/CD-ROM
The folks over at Hardware Secrets have gone back to old-school basics as they anatomize the inner-workings of a floppy disk drive. They've also recently done the same with a hard disk drive, and an optical drive too. Quite interesting and well constructed articles if you've often wondered how the physically moving components in your system work (bar your fans of course!)
We know that floppy disks are being replaced by USB memories and memory cards, but after disassembling a hard disk drive and an optical disk drive, we couldn't help ourselves from publishing a tutorial showing how a floppy disk drive looks like from inside.
On PC floppy disk drives had five generations: 360 KB (5 ¼"), 1.2 MB (5 ¼"), 720 KB (3 ½"), 1.44 MB (3 ½") and 2.88 MB (3 ½"). In this tutorial we will disassemble the most used model, which is the one available even today: the 1.44 MB 3 ½" model.
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