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How a Hard Drive works in Slow Motion - The Slow Mo Guys

by The Slow Mo Guys • 6,804,961 views

Here is a previously unreleased video which was shot almost 2 years ago for our original trailer. Inside a hard drive. Plus a bit of unnecessary destruction. Shot at 1000fps

I'd love to see a solid state drive in slow motion.  That would be some exciting footage. lolz
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"Butthurt?"  Hardly.  You look like the fool and I'm finishing my delicious beer.  Go fly away now that you've completely failed at trying to justify your clueless "you are retard" comment-- which, judging by your awful grammar, is a clear indication that you're just not too bright overall.  Furthermore, replying again and again just to reinforce what we can all clearly see, then claiming you had an ulterior motive, is just silly.  If you truly didn't care, you wouldn't have responded multiple times.
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I feel like someone stabbed me in the clitoris watching them pour water all over that HDD! God dammit!
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+James Tomlin Particle clean air is an environment where there are no solid particles floating in the air. Usually, those environments are filled with Ozone, since it's cheap and non-volatile, perfect for these applications.
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+Jett Bakker Why are you replaying to me?
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I should have finished watching the video before pouring water on my hard drive...
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+Controversy Owl Since an SSD that is combined with a HDD is called a Hybrid drive or SSHD. But for some reason you deny that.
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+00vaag​​​​ Because an SSHD, which uses that of which would be a small flash-based SSD as a cache for a HDD, or a logical drive, by combing a separate SSD with a HDD to achieve the exact same hybrid of two drives, is not a RAM-based SSD that holds all of the data, uses a battery and creates an entire backup to a hidden HDD, for the purpose of making it non-volatile, which is sometimes backed-up separately, to a form of non-volatile storage. 'SSHD' refers to the HDDs that are used by the computer and, also, have a small SSD that holds a certain amount of data that can be accessed more quickly, while the HDD is used for the rest, basically a cache for the HDD. I know for a fact that what I described is to be referred to as an SSD.
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You guys need to calm down about the HDD being destroyed. There are tons of those things out there and they are cheap.
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start the video at 0:44 and it seems like any ordinary drive running IE
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I admit... I think I died a little on the inside after seeing that perfectly made hard drive go through the "water-proof" test.
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We will never know what was written to that disk......
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Every electronic devices should be waterproof if there's no electric current running when it's wet.
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duh! everyone knows you have to install IOS7 to make it waterproof
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Techncially it didn't move "back and forth" 22 times what happened was it Moved 22 Times it moved "back and forth" 11 Times, because 22 / 2 =11 that aside This is still highly impressive, i have pulled a lot of these apart by the way THE PLATTERS ARE WATER PROOF,   I pull them out and use them as coffee cup coasters it saves me from getting ring marks in wooden coffee table but it never seems to stop amazing me that the magnetic can be controlled so finely to produce this result
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+Martin Kuliza Or you could of said "Its waterproof with the case closed.
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+Martin Kuliza Or you could of said "Its waterproof with the case closed.
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That was a Quantum Fireball Plus LM!
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Windows says i need to clean my hard-drive, how much water do i use?
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Ladies and gentlemen, the slowest part of your computer, right there!
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Still looking through all of your vids, but if you haven't yet, do a hummingbirds wings!! Heard it flaps like 75 times in one second
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I don't know who's got more time on there hands you guys or me for watching it :)
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To whoever says hard drives are in h2o proof is wrong. The water increases friction, casing the drives to slow down, rendering them unreadable to the heads.
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+Alexander Necheff I don't know where you get it from that opening it up outside of a clean room is fine, but I really wouldn't suggest doing it. Esp on newer drives. Yes, the torque screws can cause issues aswell, but dust on a platter will wreck the data on it.
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+Vaes Joren  As I said previously: "it isn't the best thing in the world for the platters". I have already acknowledged the fact that the drive is not meant to be without a top cover. However it is not as though the second you open the housing all your files are automatically gone either. I have plenty of experience pulling data off of ailing media (hard disk, flash, optical disk, tape) for other people (I learned a very long time ago that it is easier and cheaper to just have a good backup routine in place). I don't recommend running the drive with the top cover off, and I don't recommend continuing to use the drive in production after the procedure either. But you won't hurt anything by cracking one open to get it running long enough to clone the drive at all. Interestingly enough I have only had a couple drives I was not able to recover 100% of the data off of - none of these were ones I opened beforehand.
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22 times in 0.25 seconds , I was like shut up, and I was like damn
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That drive is an old Quantum Fireball drive which means that drive is probably closer to 500MB.
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+robot ninja assassin Looks like something like Quantum Fireball 8.4 or 17.4 gb's ... :D This is not near to 500gb's :D
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Sven Rahn Shared on Google+ · 4 months ago
Sehr interessant! How a Hard Drive works in Slow Motion - The Slow Mo Guys: https://youtu.be/3owqvmMf6No
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LoL the best way to clean and format your hard drive.
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go to options, then speed, and choose 0.25
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What software are you using ? any special camera?
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We had a sky tv box and then sky completely cut us off from watching ANYTHING. So I took the sky box apart and kept the free 500gb hard drive for our laptop, I store work and photos on it.
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Yeah... it's not waterproof anymore because you guys opened the case.
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Poor hard drive. Kids in Africa could have eaten that. :(
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Not all hard drives are waterproof it will affect its moving componentes
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you cant tell their sarcasm....
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I say its not 500 GB! at all if you pause before he takes the cover off its a Quantum drive! that brand got bought out by Maxtor in 2001 and by then 120 GB were the very top of the line for large busniesses back then! even 80 GB was very very large! 40 GB was large and 20/30 GB was average also I've never seen a 500GB HDD use IDE connectors...
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The highest one I got is a 200 GB Maxtor Diamond
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+LordOfTheChickenWings I was saying Quantum got bought out by Maxtor, maxtor got bought out by seagate in 2006 or so.
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the beer is water proof too, while you don't open it and mix it with water. By the other side, 100% pure water does no conduct electricity, but common water is mixed with many minerals, so it is highly conductive
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No wonder my buddy is a defrag freak.
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Robert Wagler Shared on Google+ · 1 month ago
60 Jahre Forschung und Entwicklung. Wie genial und schade zugleich. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3owqvmMf6No
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Part of me died after this video`s end. I just watched at this disk, his last movement. That was scarier than horror films. And sadly.
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there not made to be taken apart
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Wait a minute, this doesn't look cool enough. Quick, throw water on it
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VEGANBITCHX23 Shared on Google+ · 1 month ago
WERE GETTING THERE FOLKS!   -STARCHILD......!!!
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Hard drives are only waterproofed when the case is closed ...
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still not water proof....
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Quantum stop producong disk drives while we're somewhere around 20GB drives .... and this is even older than that ... it doesnt even have usual ribbon cable as any modern hdd from 1999 onward.
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And to those who have been claiming "it was SATA/IDE". It doesn't matter. The only cable plugged into the drive was a power cable for an external chassis. There was no data cable plugged into the drive chassis. BUT, so many people have watched the video to the point where water was poured on the exposed platters.... But they've commented their ignorance before the video said "Might have been a lie, that last one" It doesn't matter if the drive was E-IDE or SATA. It's toast, end of story (except in supremely extreme cases). P.S. It's disheartening to see people commenting their bullshit on a video, especially before they've watched the full film.
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And that's why neodymium magnets xD
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Such a waste, some kid in Africa could have eaten that hard drive :/
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So, a factoid for anyone one's that's into that kind of thing. Electronics are water proof. It's the minerals and other impurities in the water that allow it to conduct current. H2O won't.
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+50flamingbottles Yeah, totally forgot about this factoid! Also, There are some custom PC builds that are literally submerged in Mineral Oil to keep them cool, which is not the same thing, but goes to illustrate the concept. [most people: any liquid + electronics = busted]
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+50flamingbottles yeah i use zero water it has 0 TDS after all the filtration and works great for watercooling loops
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You should try yo put giant magnetic close to hardrive.
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Damn! I misread it. It reads "Waterproof". I thought it read "Thermite-proof"... Can I have my money back? What do you mean, I voided my warrantee??
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hard drives are waterproof when there case is on
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Submarine is waterproof might have been a lie since you need close the hatch door first.
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+Wei Wang BTW its a common sense that modern hard disk is completely sealed by its frame even the air inside can not exchange with outside due to the fast spin speed and the pure air it needed. So I guess you all know its waterproof or not.
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lol at "That last bit was a lie" Basically those arms move tiny particles around on the spinning discs magnetically and arrange them in a way that when read represents the data on your computer. Hence why you should keep magnets away from HDDs.  Water ruining that process is just a given. hehe.
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Brent Thomas Shared on Google+ · 6 months ago
How a Hard Drive works in Slow Motion - The Slow …: http://youtu.be/3owqvmMf6No
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This is why we have hdd, if they tried this on an ssd the video would be a little boring.
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rip hours of RT footage
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I was tricked, they said it moved back and forth 22 times, it moves back or forth 22 times. got to get your and or or /or and ands or ands and or/ors correct yo.
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HOW COME PEOPLE HAVE TO DESTRUCT PERFECT ELECTRONICS SOME WAY OR THE OTHER? Look at TechRax...
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Roshan neel Shared on Google+ · 5 days ago
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Oh, poor hdd, i feel pity .hope for ssd price to drop down
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if you use google chrome you can slow down the video to 0.25 and see it move a little better
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you ruined a hard drive. you open it. when you open hard drive, it gets broken and you cant fix it.......... game over for hard drive
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only waterproof if it has cover
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+Mark Gardy HDD's are not waterproof at all as they have a breath hole and a circuit board on the bottom.
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does that true hdd are waterproof wtf i wasted my old one before using water
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R.I.P Hard Drive. Its not water proof. In fact, they make these HDD in DUST PROOF rooms and seal them off. SMH They're VERY sensitive.
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Fucking hell, thats an IDE drive too. Christ, I could have used that in my PS2 or one of my old PC's. What a waste, could have used a SATA drive. =[
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Of course hardrives are water proof, how else do you liquid cool a computer?
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1,570 people poured water on their hard drive.
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I first thought my eys had fooled me, but your description is unprecise: It doesn't move forth and back 22times, but it moves forth and back 11times. That's 11times forth and 11times back. (No, I didn't count it precisely in real speed, but made a rough estimation of about 10..)
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That was only 11 times, not 22. Or am i missing something??
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+TheCoolStuffHD You probably only counted half the moves because you need to count both when it goes upwards and downwards. You probably only counted when it got upwards. Or you only counted when it got downwards.Hope this makes sense, pretty hard to explain. :/
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Thank u for doing that. I wish u could do more computer shit. But the hard drive is the only thing u should do.
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Hard drives are water proof if u don't take the casing off
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Yeah they r when I took one apart there was a rubber seal on the case
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The part where the platters and read heads are is water proof, but the pcb and other electronics are not.
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If you don't watch this video to the end, you might be under the false impression that hard drives really are waterproof!
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They also have higher intelligence than human beings... mainly because they would not try proving that humans are water proof by holding a human under water. Worst slo-mo guys video ever.
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Benjamin Humphrey Shared on Google+ · 6 months ago
If you've never seen a hard drive in action you should watch this!
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I'm too high to watch this stuff Kappa
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+Ross Brunson Poe's Law: Without a blatant display of humor, it is impossible to create a parody of extremism or fundamentalism that someone won't mistake for the real thing.
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I clean bad sectors with water too, and i don't need to be concerned for getting them again.
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you can also put it in the oven along with other components without it getting damaged because the components themselves get the circuits welded well over the temperature an oven can go
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Fuck u smart water ad it is just normal water
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U could get an old CRT monitor and break that in slow motion
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now i see what happens with my harddrive... or not with the harddrive of my own laptop, cause it broke for the second time 3months after the new one got installed...
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+Billy O'Reilly Nooo, there must be something wrong with the water! P.S.Lol, man you didn't read all of the comments, this is only sarcasm :D
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+h4ck573r I did figure that it was sarcasm. I just decided to respond with an answer to that anyways.
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This is certainly not 500Go hard drive lol I used to mess with those drives in 2001, that was 10 or 15Gb or something... They were quick at this time, but Amperes hungry and noisy as hell
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it was a 40 gb hdd it says on the cover :)
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change video speed 0.25 now you can see it reads the file centimeter by centimeter and has to read it in pieces it looks like a simple copy and paste of a reasonably sized file.
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Jman Judkins Shared on Google+ · 6 months ago
Check out this video on YouTube:
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Nabil Kazi Shared on Google+ · 9 months ago
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500 GB under water??? 500 GB HDD ki kimat tum kya jano #slomotion  babu... Jinke pas itne sare movies, games, sws hote hai unso pucho iski kimat
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hahaha.. ekdum sahi :D
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+The Slow Mo Guys that hdd is NOT a 500gb hdd. it's probebly a 2-10gb hdd from the early 2000's
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You know what I love the most about hard drives? That little white pillow that catches dust. 
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That depends on your deffinition of water proof. The discs containing the information is water proof.
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I think a HDD is waterproof if the cover is on not off and it also hit the adapter and the power cables so it will really die.
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quickly after  0:20 i do believe is writing 
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F hard drives, SSD's 4 LYFE
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