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Shattered Hard Drive Platter

To collect neodymium magnets for rebuilding the not-currently-great drip tray to kegerator / kegged beer cooler I started disassembling more old hard drives, attempting to salvage the magnets. When disassembling one drive I decided it’d be fun to bend the platter, but I (stupidly) didn’t pay attention to the platter material before doing so. The result? Tiny bits of broken glass and amazingly thin foil spraying all over the basement floor. Whoops.

At least it was easy to clean up.

I had little luck collecting useful magnets from the drives because some were too small, some drives only had one, and many of them shattered as I removed them. Instead I’ll just buy a bunch of tiny ones on eBay or Amazon and epoxy them on instead. It’ll be a lot easier.

One Comment

  1. Roy Lamkin
    Roy Lamkin February 24, 2012

    I have never seen inside a hard drive of this vintage. Last one I saw was a 10MB Hard Drive that had to be vacuumed out by skilled techs. The platters and heads were easy to see they were huge. Other than that a 10 disk platter pack from a DEC PDP11/70.

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