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How a Hard Drive Works


How a Hard Drive Works

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Have you ever wondered how the storage system inside your computer works? Well, this tutorial illustrates how a hard drive is constructed and how it actually works internally. It also demonstrates how a read/write head floating over a magnetically coated platter can result in binary data being sent to the computer.
Material Type: Simulation
Technical Format: Java Applet
Date Added to MERLOT: February 10, 2001
Date Modified in MERLOT: October 14, 2008
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Submitter: John Walkup



Primary Audience: High School
Mobile Compatibility: Not specified at this time
Language: English
Cost Involved: no
Source Code Available: no
Accessiblity Information Available: no
Creative Commons: unsure


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Avatar for Barbara Myers
5 years ago

Barbara Myers (Faculty)

This simulation could be used in a number of classes. It could help students in their first computer class understand how a hard drive works. It could also be used in hardware classes.

Avatar for John Witkowski
7 years ago

John Witkowski (Administrator)

I was looking for tutorials to give my students an idea of how the inside of a computer works. This one shows gives an explanation of how a hard drive works and shows students a graphic to illustrate the point.

Technical Remarks:

I had no trouble using this material.
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Avatar for Mark Moran
11 years ago

Mark Moran (Faculty)

I used this java object in a computer hardware class and found it to be a good
demonstation of how a hard drive works.

Technical Remarks:

Java object works with no errors
Used in course