HOLY JUMPING JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES!!!! Does that thing have quadristeer because it can do 360s like nothing i've ever seen. Really sweet. This mod has really progressed since I first saw it last year. Top notch. Very original.
hmmm - i'm no expert...but i remember someone telling me about the effects of motion on harddisks (i.e. inertia and jerking it around a lot); maybe he was wrong but it did seem like it was a bad idea...
so while watching the test video i'm thinking "might as well just strap it to a nascar racer and slam it into one of the outer walls"...
That depends on how the hard drive is mounted. I'm no expert either but I believe that once the read/write heads are seated (meaning there is no power) they can withstand up to 300Gs or something like that. I am pretty sure that I read that on my Seagate Barracuda. Therefore it is suffice to say that those 3600 degree spins wouldn't generate that many Gs so as to start whipping the heads around and possibly damaging the disk platters. Only my guess, someone more knowledgeable can correct me if i am wrong.
First, keep in mind that everything was planned with a bumpy ride in mind. The hard drives are SCSI and therefore park their heads off the platter (to the best of my knowledge) and are mounted in shock absorbing mounts. The heatsinks are mounted to steel plates behind the motherboard so as to not damage the motherboard during the spins. Finally, the video card is a Nvida 5900 Ultra that takes up 2 slots for better stability.
Planning, planning, planning. I haven't had any damage due to running it around since it has become powered.
I feel like I know this PC...I saw it for the first time about a year ago on www.twistedmods.com . Even then, when I didn't know you put motors in it it was one of the coolest PC's I've ever seen.
I'm 34 and remember the Heavy Metal movie from when I was a kid, so the name is something I can really relate too, that and the fact that I have been dabbling in RC cars since before Heavy Metal came out... Mix that with a love of PC's and you pretty much nailed it for me!!!
Did you do all the fabrication yourself? Do you have a friend with a metal shop? What kind of motors are you using? Wheelchair motors? I thought you ran Twisted, do you?
How do you find time to be a major supplier of corrugated materials? That is what you do isn't it? Why can't my boss be more like you? Hell, I sell TOYS ( www.kroegerinc.com) for a distributor for crying out loud and my boss is dry as dust!!! Need any sales people in Toronto Canada???
Anyway...Cool case. VERY impressive!!! Thanks for sharing it with us!!