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Functional Hard Drive and CPU Created In Minecraft!

I’ve seen some pretty impressive stuff created in Minecraft, but the level some people are willing to go to for the sake of showing off is beyond my level of understanding. I’m not 100% sure these creations are new, or if they’ve been shown off before, but that doesn’t make them any less impressive.

What we have here is a working 4kb hard drive platter created in Vanilla Minecraft. There are 256 platter positions, each cable of storing up to 16 bits of data and are capable of rotating in both directions, each featuring read and write heads on the right side.

The data is run through a I/O to the CPU bus.

The I/O buffer and selector.

Then the HDD controller.

Automatically seeks to desired position, with multiple speeds also selects shortest path for rotation direction.

Then there is the addressing platter (8 bit).

This section queries the current address.

Query a bit state, 1 result.

query a bit state, 0 result.

Read / Write head.

Read / Write head side view.

Zoom out and you can see an overview of the 16 bit CPU, as well as some Nyan cats and other madness going on. One thing is for certain, this is a gargantuan series of gates, switches and read and write blocks capable of replicating a basic CPU and hard drive which can calculate basic data, store it and read back the results… absolutely, freaking, bonkers! Yet none the less impressive!

This isn’t even the only hard drive created in Minecraft, check out this similar concept, albeit one with different construction style which can store 1kb of data. This one even comes with .gif on how the thing works, and you can check out the full gallery here.

Thank you The0jj for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of The0jj

Peter Donnell

As a child still in my 30's (but not for long), I spend my day combining my love of music and movies with a life-long passion for gaming, from arcade classics and retro consoles to the latest high-end PC and console games. So it's no wonder I write about tech and test the latest hardware while I enjoy my hobbies!

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