Hard Drives with Clear Tops

Would anyone want a red hard drive with a window and LED lights inside? I work for Seagate and brought this idea up to marketing. They won,t even look into it. I think that they would sell. Maybe it's just me, but I would pay alot more for a modded hard drive than one with 100s more Gbs. Case manufacturer's could make front windows to mount them in. Who needs a blinking case light if you can look over and see the HGA sliding back and forth over the spinning disk.

I think HD manufacturers need to get on the ball. Give us cool HDs to show off!!!!!!!!!
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  1. The size of the market you are talking about is miniscule. Seagate should rather concentrate on their strengths than pissing around with fancy souped up drives. If you want a drive like that, make it yourself.

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  2. I would buy one! That sounds sooo kewl! Couldnt they just release them as a 'special edition' with a price premium?

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  3. Just outta interest, how difficult would it be to mod a hard drive so it had a clear top? I seem to remember someone talking about it before and apparently it doesnt often work. But it would be fun to try on an old hard disk.

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  4. Not difficult at all. You can find descriptions of this mod all over the net.
    <A HREF="http://www.coolercases.co.uk/ricshdd.htm" target="_new">Here's</A> one with a light inside, just for fun. If you know any science types see if you can persuade them to let you use a sterile flow hood for a while, that should filter out most airborne particles above 1µm.

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  5. Looks pretty cool might pick up a cheap 1gig hard drive a try it out. Im a bit annoyed that he didnt show where he soldered the LED to on the hard drive though anyone know where I should solder it?

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  6. Without a class 100 clean room....no way. Just a slight spec of dust will trash a HD. Some people get lucky though.
  7. Many laminar flow hoods clean air to class 100 specifications. If you can persuade your science friend to let you dismantle / reassemble your hard disk in his flow hood you should have a good chance of success.

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  8. I would personally not buy one unless it offered drastically better performance. Or a lower price...

    Either way, I would still probably not buy one and the idea of a light-up internal HDD is silly.

    External however has some possibility as long as it's casing is also clear, and had some way to turn off the light for when I try to sleep.

    Maxtor disgraces the six letters that make Matrox.
  9. Unfortunatly I dont have any science friends that happen to have a flow hood. How low are the chances of it working in my room? Pretty slim Im guessing.

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