I have recently begun to create an archive of all my personal data, and since LTO2 tape drives offer significant capacity (200GB/400GB) per tape, longevity is very high (up to 30 years in archive), & relatively low cost, this is the technology I’ve chosen to use for my long term
Here is a home laser hair removal unit, a Rio LAHS4. Shown above is the system overview, with the laser wand & the user controls. Main base unit popped open reveals the main PCB, with the central processor, a PIC16F628A. Other side of the PCB is mainly populated with power
An old IDE interface Zip drive. This fits in a standard 3.5″ bay. Top cover removed from the drive, IDE & power interfaces at the top, in centre is the eject solenoid assembly & the head assembly. Bottom is the spindle drive motor. Head assembly with the top magnet removed.
This is a Western Digital drive recently removed from my laptop when it died of a severe head crash. Top of drive can be seen here. Here the cover has been removed from the drive, showing the platter, head arm & magnet. Yellow piece top left is head parking ramp.