Neowin server hamsters get 'Dugg', suffer heart attack

We apologize for getting caught with our pants down today, but our friends at Digg and Reddit have been slamming our forum with traffic over the last few hours. Our servers buckled under the pressure, but it's hard to survive the Digg wave, especially when we get a pretty heavy level of traffic on a normal day for our servers. (Our traffic load today is almost twice our daily average, and we've blown away our concurrent user load record away by nearly tripling it.)

Yesterday myself and two of my co-workers took apart an old hard drive that we found in a stack that were being sent off to be destroyed. The drive was an 8GB Quantum Fireball that had a nasty rattle to it. Since we'd never heard anything this bad coming out of a hard drive we decided to open it up and see what was causing it. To our amazement the drive looked like it lived up to its Fireball name.

So here are the photographs you've probably come here looking for. Again, we apologize for the inability to reach the site. Our Developers did their best to get everything back up as quickly as possible.

Fried Hard Drive: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14

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