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Table Of Contents  CertiGuide to A+ (Core Hardware)
 9  Chapter 0100:  Hard Drives

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VIII  Physical Characteristics

The physical characteristics of a hard drive consist of Platters, Spindle, Read/Write Heads and the Actuator Arm. These are enclosed in a sealed case to protect them from any contamination.

It is very important to never open a hard drive because even one spec of dust inside the unit would most likely cause the drive to become unusable. With this overview, let's examine each of these in more detail.

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