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    One many uses for a magnet from a junk computer hard drive

    Hard drive magnets are a very versatile little tool. If you know someone that works on computers, ask them to save you the bad hard drives. Then tear them apart for the magnets.

    For instance this neat little light here was made from a single magnet and a cheap little LED light. Friends have seen them in action. They are very handy because the magnet is strong enough that it will stick solid to metal through the undercoating.



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    Great idea, FixJeeps. Hard drives I've got aplenty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIYer View Post
    Great idea, FixJeeps. Hard drives I've got aplenty.
    Same here. Computers is what pays the bills so scrap hard drives is part of it.
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    Read the Ars Technica post on fixed disk reliability? Seems that Seagate drives are performing very poorly in that particular environment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIYer View Post
    Read the Ars Technica post on fixed disk reliability? Seems that Seagate drives are performing very poorly in that particular environment.
    Yea ... Seagate bombed. Never been a Seagate fan anyway. I've usually leaned toward WD's mostly for my personal use. Most companies I've worked for has their vendors they deal with. So I just stay out of it unless I see that it's going to cause major issues.
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    Never had troubles with Seagate drives. I must be lucky. Thanks for the tip Chuck.

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    I process e-scrap and one of the things I get a lot of is old hard drives. I always make a point of pulling the magnets when tearing the drives down. The most insane ones being from an OLD 5.25 full height SCSI HDD. They are each 3"X 1.35"x0.5" which is ridiculously huge for a rare earth mag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FixJeeps.com View Post
    Hard drive magnets are a very versatile little tool. If you know someone that works on computers, ask them to save you the bad hard drives. Then tear them apart for the magnets.

    For instance this neat little light here was made from a single magnet and a cheap little LED light. Friends have seen them in action. They are very handy because the magnet is strong enough that it will stick solid to metal through the undercoating.



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    I agree, these magnets are handy. Go to u tube and type in Dick Raczuk and you will see more tips for magnets.

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    I've also got these magnets holding up my drill light.

    I've melted down a few of the hard disk cases and cast them in sand molds. Hopefully will be making some flywheels later in the year.

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    The magnets of the hard drive are super magnets, correct?

    Sorry my mistakes in english.
    to share your tip >>> http://www.homemadetools.net/forum/tool-tips-tricks/ <<<

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