Old hard drive platter made into table.

Now this is just plain cool and I want to know where I can buy one once I’ve won the lottery and bought a new house to put it in: The Hard Drive Table.

The Hard Drive Coffee Table top is an original 26” diameter hard drive platter from an early storage device (circa 1970). The center hub of the platter is solid aluminum. The custom-created pedestal is also solid aluminum; a cylinder measuring 5.9” in diameter and 18.5” in length. It has a machined top and bottom to fit into the hard drive hub and base, respectively. The base is a solid aluminum 12” diameter, 1.75” high round obtained from a now-defunct government laboratory. Four bolts are screwed into tapped holes in the pedestal in order to secure the hard drive platter and the pedestal is press-fit into the base. It is covered with standard 1/4” table glass. The completed design measures 19.5” high and weighs 64 pounds.

They don’t mention the storage capacity of this old platter, but it’s probably ridiculously low like 512K or something. They sure don’t make them like they used to, thankfully!

6 thoughts on “Old hard drive platter made into table.

  1. heh – last one of those I saw was 4MB with a deep gouge about an inch from the outside edge – a head crash on one of those things really wasn’t funny!

  2. 4mb must have been the upgraded model. grin  Here’s what my friend said about the early drive that used this platter:

    THE DRIVE THAT USED IT, Came for back in the late 60’s early 70’s. There were 2 platters per drive and mass storage total was 32K ; 16 K per platter. The memory in the CPU GE 225 was a whopping 16K the input console that the system operator used to key in instructions was BELIEVE THIS (IBM SELECTRIC TYPEWRITER) modified with relays to encode binary. Well actually the Selectric Typewriter was a spring off of the I/O console.

    So 1 Gig Flash Drive in your shirt pocket or 32KB DASD Drive in the back of you TRUCK?

    He said they wound up putting a plexi enclosure around the drive because of what you said – a head crash near the outside edge sent the head flying out like a slingshot.  They had to take the platters out every so often and clean them.  Imagine doing that with the platters in your laptop drive…

  3. Definitely don’t want to be around when one of those drives crashed. Talk about being enlightened on the true meaning of the phrase.

  4. Stumbled on this site looking for something else and was surprised to see the hard drive table since I have an identical platter. It’s been sitting around for years since I was an operations manager at a data centre. I retrieved it when we removed the unit. Maybe I finally have a use for it.

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