I remember a classmate at school messing about with poke on an apple ii.
It ended up with smoke coming out the floppy drive.
POKE put raw data into raw RAM addesses.
Most of the Commodore hardware chips were directly controlled by RAM addresses. No OS preventing you from doing anything.
On early PETs you could actually blow up the screen by setting some kind of refresh rate to the wrong speed or voltage.
Doesn't surprise me you could do the same to a disk drive.
tfw your 8-bit computer simulation needs to have an entire quantum physics subsystem to correctly model the magnetic domains of the disk drive just so you can read the copy-protection / demoscene intro / quantum cryptography / hyperspace portal used by Super Retro Space Smashers III
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