These are backup disks for our very first computer that ever had a hard drive. I have no idea what's on any of them, so we couldn't really toss them. I'd gone through a lot of trouble taking our old computers apart and squirreling their hard disks away. (Yes, computerS. They retired to the basement and appeared to have multiplied) :
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Dude, I dissected a Dell.
(Really, nobody? Huh. Oh well, I didn't think it was funny ever.)
These are the "guts" (all except the hard drive, which would have fit into that empty space occupied by wires and stuff) of a Dell PC from the late 1990's. This was the youngest computer I had to dismantle. I saved the oldest for last:
Wa-hahaha... oh wow. (I apologize for the fuzzy photos, but I was taking them in a hurry while juggling my trusty screwdriver and pliers.)
This is our old Apple IIGS (Apple 2: Graphics and Sound), the very first computer my family ever owned. You can read more information about this baby at Wikipedia.
I want to point out the objects in the lower-left, because I'm sure some younger people are looking at them and thinking, "what?" Those are floppy disk drives. The smaller one near the middle was for 3.5 Floppies, the same kinds of floppy disks I showed earlier. They were called 3.5s because they were the then-remarkably tiny size of... three and a half inches. For the record, this kind of disk just went extinct very recently (I think I read that a major manufacturer just shut down production of them last week.) They were the dominant storage medium of the late '80s-well into the 1990's. Unfortunately, their capacity wasn't very large. Generally speaking, if you had a document that was more than 500 K, you were pretty screwed.
The larger disk drive is more hilarious/heartwarming to me. This was for a 5.25 inch floppy disk. These disks were actually floppy in that the namesake floppy disk was protected by thin sheets of just-barely-less-floppy plastic. Their capacity usually ranged just over 100 K, but they could be double-sided. Even so, you often had to stick in a veritable conga line of these disks just to get one program running. A modern desktop may take a while to boot up, but it's cake and ice cream compared to this.
So what does it look like inside?
Fascinating. The green piece (which I've saved and kinda want to frame because it's pwetty) fits over the front part of the drive. This was as far as I could dismantle this drive (I couldn't even crack the 3.5 drive.)
Inside the CPU...
There's a lot more empty space in here than there is in modern computers! I'm assuming that large object on the left is a fan or something. I have a great love for the "TRON" landscapes inside old computers.
Not sure who the band on the right is, but thanks to this cover, I think I like them even if it turns out they are responsible for all the songs I've ever hated.