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Standard User cheshire_man
(knowledge is power) Tue 24-Jun-14 19:20:32
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Inside a hard drive


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From time to time I dispose of an old PC, when I do so I open up the hard drive and take it apart. Both for security and curiosity reasons.

I've noticed in some, though not all, there is a small box inside with a sticky cover. Removing that sticky cover reveals a large number of tiny spheres. First time I encountered this they spilled everywhere, now I'm more cautious grin. Browsing around the only thing I can think of is that it's part of the drive's air filter.

Anyone actually know what it is?

Tony
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Standard User BatBoy
(legend) Tue 24-Jun-14 20:25:48
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Desiccant silica gel?


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Standard User cheshire_man
(knowledge is power) Tue 24-Jun-14 22:03:53
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Re: Inside a hard drive


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Looks like your right, see link.

While trying to find the answer I came across this video. Running a drive with the cover off!

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Standard User Desmond
(sensei) Wed 25-Jun-14 19:29:32
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Re: Inside a hard drive


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As has been noted; dessicant to control humidity. There is no air filter because, like a light bulb, the drive is filled with inert gas and hermetically sealed to prevent corrosion and ingress of dust.

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