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A very rare and original middle 1980s Control Data Corporation (CDC) 8" hard drive recycled as a clock.

Of the thousands of hard drives we have reclaimed and recycled, this is the only one of this type and vintage that we have ever seen.

These drives were used in the earliest "mini and micro" computers of the day. The disk platter is a very early 5.25" platter that could hold only 3.5 megabytes of data. The drive had 3 disk platters combined to hold 10 megabytes of data.

We have seen vintage ads showing this type of drive selling for $3,695 in the day! That's $369 per megabyte. Compare that to today's prices of about $.08 per megabyte (1 terabyte drive=1000 megabytes for about $80.) One of the attached pictures shows this drive compared to a current desktop computer's 3.5" drive.

Clock dial is the actual ferrite coated disk platter from this vintage hard drive. Age has not affected the disk platter in any way, it is pristine and quite stunning.

Black metal hour and minute clock hands tell the time, the second hand is one of our interesting "zigzag" designs.

Accenting the upper left corner of the hard drive is the actual "disk platter clamp" that was used to hold the platters in place on the spindle shaft.

The "read-write head" is still attached with all of its workings.

The base was a hard drive's former cover left in its original condition (with minor scratches.)

Accenting the base is the disk spindle motor cover with original markings as well as the ribbon cable that was connected to its controller circuit board.

Artist signed and numbered "Certificate of Authenticity."

Approx. 5.5" wide by 8" tall.

"This clock was fashioned from a mid-1980s PC's hard drive, already very difficult to find. Unfortunately most of them are already in landfills...we were too late!" -- R. Connolly, TEcoArt

Get one for the serious collector or become one with this rare clock.

Rare 1980s Control Data Hard Drive now a Hard Drive Clock, a piece of History now Tells the Time. (V)


Overview

  • Vintage handmade item from the 1980s
  • Materials: vintage hard drive, new quartz clock movement, aa battery, ferrite disk platter, metal clock hands, spindle motor cover, disk platter clamp
  • Ships worldwide from United States
  • Feedback: 489 reviews
  • Favorited by: 19 people