Measuring the disk speed

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Dev JoshiDev Joshi 02/22/2014 at 13:460 Comments

​Currently, the disk speed is measured (somewhat unreliably) using an opto reflector mounted behind the platter. Once the 'scope in the office is working, I will have a poke around on the HDD control PCB on the back to find the timing signal which the motor controller uses to control/measure the speed. It should be relatively straightforward to patch it over to a free I/O pin on the LPC and get some better timing data in to slice the frames up.