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Author Topic: Old Hard Drives  (Read 3914 times)

Cloq

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Old Hard Drives
« on: March 25, 2012, 07:27:36 PM »
What to do with older HD's?

I am slowly building up a random collection of 74, 160, and 300 GB sata HD's. They are probably 3~7 years old.

I really don't feel comfortable in giving them to someone who will then use it and probably blame me when it fails.

Wish there was a place that would give you a small discount for recycling them.

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Re: Old Hard Drives
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2012, 07:47:12 PM »
I recommend you take the magnets out and play with them...

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Re: Old Hard Drives
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2012, 07:49:58 PM »
I recommend you take the magnets out and play with them...

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Re: Old Hard Drives
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2012, 07:54:31 PM »
I recommend you take the magnets out and play with them...

Heh! Funny you should say that. I am still trying to get a couple of HD magnets off a storage cabinet at work.

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Re: Old Hard Drives
« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2012, 07:57:35 PM »
Playing with magnets! Oooh! Fun! :D

I'm planning on trying to make a Johnson Motor once I have time. Should be fun. But I'll just buy the magnets instead of ripping apart old drives. :D

Probably the best thing to do is to securely wipe the drives then destroy them. And play with the magnets. ;D

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Re: Old Hard Drives
« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2012, 08:03:46 PM »
Playing with magnets! Oooh! Fun! :D

I'm planning on trying to make a Johnson Motor once I have time. Should be fun. But I'll just buy the magnets instead of ripping apart old drives. :D

Probably the best thing to do is to securely wipe the drives then destroy them. And play with the magnets. ;D



Hit with hammer, play with magnets.

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Re: Old Hard Drives
« Reply #6 on: March 25, 2012, 09:39:36 PM »
Boat anchor? lol, jk. I like the idea of ripping them apart and playing with the magnets. I might have to do that to my old dead drives.
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Re: Old Hard Drives
« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2012, 01:53:34 AM »

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Re: Old Hard Drives
« Reply #8 on: March 26, 2012, 02:42:35 AM »
Make a Tesla Turbine.

So what is that? Some sort of gryoscope-like device? What's the point of it? I mean besides looking cool/fun?



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Re: Old Hard Drives
« Reply #9 on: March 26, 2012, 04:14:53 AM »
Make a Tesla Turbine.

So what is that? Some sort of gryoscope-like device? What's the point of it? I mean besides looking cool/fun?

Tesla Turbinew

It's a turbine, same kind of thing they hang off jet aircraft wings to make them fly, (different design obviously).

It's a bladeless, (normal turbines have blades), turbine engine with one moving part, the rotors.

Not only that but if you have it so the rotor shaft is driven, (instead of driving), then it becomes a pump that will handle gas or liquid.
« Last Edit: March 26, 2012, 05:00:55 AM by 4wd »

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Re: Old Hard Drives
« Reply #10 on: March 26, 2012, 06:14:24 AM »
Make a Tesla Turbine.

So what is that? Some sort of gryoscope-like device? What's the point of it? I mean besides looking cool/fun?



Looks like fun~!

Found the instructions for it here:

http://www.instructa...ves-and-minimal-too/

But, I don't have the right equipment, and buying a drill press is kind of out of the question... Oh well.

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Re: Old Hard Drives
« Reply #11 on: March 26, 2012, 06:23:04 AM »
Slow Down Music - Where I commit thought crimes...

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Re: Old Hard Drives
« Reply #12 on: March 26, 2012, 02:57:50 PM »
What to do with older HD's?

I am slowly building up a random collection of 74, 160, and 300 GB sata HD's. They are probably 3~7 years old.

I really don't feel comfortable in giving them to someone who will then use it and probably blame me when it fails.

Wish there was a place that would give you a small discount for recycling them.

The 300's are still fine for "casual users". I think there is a small market for "My First Linux Machine" for like $100 because it's old everything. I know, I know, support hell, but if you label it "Radioactive - Sold As Is - No questions Asked", I'd theoretically buy a junk comp like that for $100.

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Re: Old Hard Drives
« Reply #13 on: March 26, 2012, 06:13:54 PM »
The disassembled platters make very musical wind chimes and miniature gongs. I've done up some very nice neo-gamelan instruments and music with them.  :)

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Re: Old Hard Drives
« Reply #14 on: March 27, 2012, 03:14:19 AM »
Put them all in a case and format then as ZFS and some kind of nas box and you will get a self healing, deduplicating, data integrity nas box.

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Re: Old Hard Drives
« Reply #15 on: March 27, 2012, 03:21:55 AM »
Put them all in a case and format then as ZFS and some kind of nas box and you will get a self healing, deduplicating, data integrity nas box.

Holy! That ZFS is pretty damn sexy stuff!

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