There's not much inside. There's a couple of small circuit boards, a hard drive, the burner and a small fan. The hard drive in mine is a Seagate. I imagine it's probably only 5400 RPM since that would be adequate for this purpose. Hard drives are pretty cheap nowdays so I don't know if it would be worth salvaging or not. I guess you could put it in a computer for a kid. Actually, I don't know if anyone else sell parts for their recorders either. I had a Panasonic DMR-E80H and I was told at a service center that three parts were available for it-the burner, the hard drive and the main circuit board. Each one was $500.00. That would stop me from buying any parts from them.