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Cracking open the Apple TV

Protective hard drive pad

The Apple TV's hard drive is separated from the metal base plate with a sticky, green pad. I assume the pad serves to dampen vibration from the drive and absorb any external shock.

Photo by: Bill Detwiler / TechRepublic

Caption by: Bill Detwiler


Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...