Tri-pad read-write head, metal / plastic, made by Read-Rite Corporation, Milpitas, California, United States of America, 1998
The Read-Rite air-bearing is made from a light metal alloy. It is a flat, elongated triangle in shape with two holes cut into it at the base of the triangle, and two smaller holes at the tip. The head that reads and writes the information onto the hard disk is situated at the tip of the triangle. There is an electrical wire running from the head that has been cut off at about two centimetres.