My 40 Year old Supercomputer-Harddrive is full of Spiders and Wasps

Chris Fenton hat sich vor einer Weile eine Cray-1A selbstgebaut, die Hardware rekonstruiert und einen Emulator des Cray-Systems draufgespielt. Problem: Für das Systems gab es keine Software. Also hat er das Museum of Information Technology in Arlington, Texas angerufen und die hatten noch zwei 80 Megabyte CDC 9877-Drives im Lager rumliegen. Der langweilige Teil der Geschichte: Er hat die Dinger tatsächlich zum Laufen bekommen und konnte sie am Ende als USB-Drives mounten. Sensationell, eigentlich.

Mich hat aber folgendes Bit aus der Beschreibung des Projekts viel mehr angemacht:

The goal of this project was to recover the data from an 80 Megabyte CDC 9877 disk pack that potentially contains system software for a Cray-1 supercomputer that may be of some minor historical interest. It is quite challenging to recover data from obsolete digital media for a variety of reasons – functioning hardware can be difficult to come by, as well as difficult to interface with even if you have it, and magnetic media can degrade over time, especially if not stored in an archival environment. The target media for this project is a disk pack containing three double-sided 14”-diameter platters containing data – five data surfaces and one 'servo' surface, which provides alignment data for the other five surfaces. […]

Additional problems were encountered from the large number of spiders that had taken up residence inside the disk drive, as well as a 3"-diameter (thankfully abandoned) "mud dauber" wasp nest that had been constructed within the drive.

Hell, Yeah!