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Ejecting Hard Drive

Safest way to keep your data
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Imagine a hard disk drive in your laptop that when detects that the laptop is failing, fires a small explosive and ejects the hard disk a few meters in the air, and at the same time this charge inflates a pressure bag all arround the disk so when it falls it will bounce mantaning your data safe...

like a jet fighter/mars explorer combo

noyola, May 18 2009

Like this? http://www.youtube....watch?v=KBMU6l6GsdM
would be lovely to watch. i guess i would drop my laptop twice daily [loonquawl, May 20 2009]

Hovering in the 90s http://www.military...thread.php?t=147537
[loonquawl, May 20 2009]


       Wouldn't the type of failure that would make this feature valuable be a hard drive failure?
normzone, May 18 2009

       I like it, one good use is if you go to one of those websites that completely f's up your computer, and you see the "virus downloading..." bar. This happened to my friend a few weeks ago and he immediately unplugged his external HDD, but internal drives can't normally be disconnected like that.   

       A parachute seems like a bit much. Maybe it could just disconnect the drive?
DIYMatt, May 18 2009

       There might be a problem with people/pets/expensive stuff being injured by the projectile-like hard drive being shot out of the laptop.   

       And then you have to replace the little explosive charge.. And what about the G-force when it ejects? It will exceed the Gs from hitting the floor many times over...   

       + for style, but.. - for practical reasons   

       sorry, fishbone.. =(
Suede, May 18 2009

       [DIYMatt], these websites give fair warning now?
Germanicus, May 18 2009

       The ejection could be such that it does not subject the HD to much acceleration (see link).
loonquawl, May 20 2009

       Regarding link - how is that real?! I won't believe it until I see a higher quality video!
DIYMatt, May 20 2009

       There are lots of allegations of fakery about this video. seems like it is at least misleading, as the technology is not cutting edge, but rather aged : [link]
loonquawl, May 20 2009

       I'm sure as hell not using this laptop on my lap.
BunsenHoneydew, May 28 2009

       There should be a countdown to self-destruct voice. Every good self-destruct device has a robot lady counting down.
bungston, May 28 2009

       Re: the links: MKVs are nothing new. The Army has been claiming that it's close to deploying an MKV/landmine combo, that when detecting enemies (by itself or through remote sensors) launches into the air, fires copper explosively-formed penetrators at objects which match search images embedded into software, and then autodetonates the unused penetrators.   

       Lockheed's is actually WAY behind the curve. Hovering using thrust vectoring isn't easy, but it's not that difficult either.
shapu, May 28 2009


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