Altruists Hardware ProjectsThese projects are intended to help limit the demand for new hardware
by helping people get the most from their existing hardware. The merciless logic of
the profit motive
provides no incentive for companies to provide such information, although
it is clearly useful for mankind as a whole.
Hard Drive Resizing
Some manufacturers regularly modify the firmware of hard drives,
so that they behave like smaller capacity drives. This page explains
how to tell if you have an affected drive, and instructions for how
to reverse the changes if you have a hard drive that has been 'nobbled'.
Pinout information is still not readily accessible on the internet,
causing problems for anyone seeking to work with older hardware.
Manufacturers tend to be keen on supplying new equipment or repairing
older components only at well over-the-odds prices.