Reply to post: Re: What no-one has mentioned yet... - DRUMS

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

Duncan Macdonald Silver badge

Re: What no-one has mentioned yet... - DRUMS

Less common than disks were drums - metal lumps about the size of washing machine drums coated with magnetic oxide and an array of fixed heads - one per track. They were faster than disks because there was no seek time.

Some of these could weigh 60lbs and rotate at 3000rpm. A story that I heard (but could not verify) was that on one of these a bearing failed and the drum departed from the mechanism at speed and left a trail of destruction before it finally came to rest.

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