Reply to post: Re: Lathes

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

Stoneshop Silver badge

Re: Lathes

About the only thing which sounds possible is that the head carriage shattered the spindle and freed the platters. Even at 3600RPM they'd be scary things.

It's just that their relative energies and robustness would make it extremely, if not totally unlikely that the positioner could cause the platters to break free from the spindle. It's feasible with a pack not locked down on the spindle correctly, but in that case just spinning up the drive would cause havoc already, no need for the positioner to join in the fun.

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