Reply to post: Re: Nah. We were civilized, no rodeo in the data center.

Disk drive fired 'Frisbees of death' across data centre after storage admin crossed his wires

Stoneshop Silver badge

Re: Nah. We were civilized, no rodeo in the data center.

Well, I know of one drive that took a dive.

That was when a cable-laying monkey had removed an entire row of floor tiles behind one of those washing-machine drives. An entire row. Not staggered, or leaving every other tile in (only every third tile if you were feeling very adventurous). An entire, contiguous row.

Shortly after, the drive started seeking. And shaking. And with it, the tile supports underneath the drive. And predictably, that bit of floor, with the drive on it, collapsed backwards into the chasm.

After hauling the drive back on to terra firma (it is unknown whether the cable monkey was made part of the floor support during the process) and powering the unit back on, VMS uttered the memorable line "Drive improperly dismounted".

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