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!!!!!!!!!
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.
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.
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.
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.