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It was revealed to you that floating
the read/write head on an air bearing improves
the life of the hard drive. The distance between
the head and the platter is called the flying height
(sometimes called the Float Height). Without getting into a course on
physics, the more data squeezed within a given size, the
closer the head must be to the platter. If the
head hits contamination or the platter, it is called
a head crash.
The Old Drives Were So Stupid That
Old hard drives needed software utilities to park the heads. This author learned the hard way about the "dumb nature" of parking utilities. I had made the mistake of calling the utility program more than once a single batch file. The head assembly parked itself up on the spindle on the second park command! I had to use a pliers to get the head assembly back where it belonged :-(
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