I have a WD600 60-GB HDD, and when I connect the 12V and 5V, I can get the platters to turn for about 90 seconds, then it shuts down. I know that some HDD's controller boards look for input from the PC, and if it does not receive any it shuts down, but supposedly it is possible to "fool" the HDD's controller board into thinking it is connected to a PC. Has anyone hacked one of these HDDs to try this?
I want to make a POV HDD clock-thing.
Thanks in advance.