Ever wondered what the inside of a hard drive looks like?

I recently got the chance to take apart a broken hard drive that I picked up. Rather than letting it get thrown away, I was intrigued to see how it would look inside.

However, before I could even begin I had to buy myself a pack of Torx screwdrivers to unscrew the screws holding the lid on the drive. Once I took the lid off, I could see the inner workings.

This hard drive was manufactured in 1997 and had a storage capacity of just 2.4GB. This hard drive had two disk platters (each approx storing 1.2GB).
I believe that most modern hard drive disk platters can store up to 1TB each, so that’s quite an improvement!

Anyway, if you’re curious (like me!) here are a few pics:

Inside of a 3.5" hard drive Inside of a 3.5" hard drive