Last night I was experimenting with an old laptop hard drive. I used a USB to PATA hard drive adapter to recover old data off of a 2.5 inch 20GB Toshiba hard drive. When I was done, I intended to destroy the drive to prevent recovery. After a few seconds – I had a better idea:
I disassembled the drive and I simply wanted to take a photo of the hard drive internals. I was surprised that the drive spun up with the cover removed- and was completely shocked that it still worked without errors. I managed to keep it working for several hours without fail while I took a few photos and more importantly video. I used the same reverse lens mount and cheap Canon EF 35-80 1:4 as in my previous macro experiments.