Step 3: Find Hard Drive Platter

The hard drive platters can be removed from any hard drive by removing the screws on the red dots in the image.  Drill out the middle of the spindle on the green dot big enough for the clock mechanism to fit though. 

Don't forget to erase any important data just in case an ID thief breaks into your office and steals the clock.
It is symmetrical it's just the photo ill take a new one
I did it here is the photo I didn't use the hard drive platter because it was such a pain so I just cut a circuit board to size and I did go a bit ram crazy but it isn't that bad reply and tell me how it is
<p>ya, great job. Nice artistic unsymetrical look. Looks like its tool a while.</p>
nice, but not original, i do those PC comp stylish clocks for 18 year now... <br>here is a sample: <br>http://eclipse-online.info/IMAGES/SCULPTURES/ANCIENNES/horloge1.jpg <br>there are many other things on my site, take a look ! <br>
Augggggh! Binary! LOL Well, as the T-shirt says, there are only 11 types of people in the world: those who understand binary, and those who don't. I'm lovin the clock, though! I've built a couple of hard-drive clocks in the past, may have to scrounge for old dimms and give a whack at this one!
but doesn't 11 mean 3 in binary?
Yeah....that whistling sound you hear? That's my sense of humor (and memory skillz) bombing. Again. LOL
lol, Just remember 128-64-32-16-8-4-2-1
So what's the third type of person? I'm certain you meant to say 10 types of people!
LOL Yeah, meant to say 10. Told ya I didn't particularly enjoy binary....too much math involved.
Wow and I thought i had a lot of old ram.
This is one of those moments where my hording old electronics came in handy and then fed the bad habit. Its a vicious circle.
True true :D
Great 'ible. Cheers mate!
I've taken apart many many hard drives and there is a lot of variance in how they are assembled. I will say I never seen one like that picture, where the 2 screws on the right-top release the disk platters and/or motor. Some motors are pressed in and nearly impossible to remove without breaking something, and most have screws but you have to remove the platters first.<br><br>Also, some platters are metal, and some are glass with a magnetic coating. Be very careful drilling holes in glass, it can shatter into many tiny blood drawing shards.
Good point, thanks for the safety caution. Wear your PPE.
Forgot to add...when popping out the center spindle of the hard drive, a trick I found that works (demonstrated to me by my wife's handyman grandfather) is to take two sockets, one large and one small (say, 3/4&quot; and 3/8&quot; or so). Set the drive on top of the larger one, where the motor windings sit on top of the rim of the socket. Put the smaller one on top, and use a hammer to tap on the socket. With luck, everything should pop out into the interior of the larger socket on bottom (sorta like a hole-punch, but without such tight clearances. Or paper.).
The ultimate in geek design. Applause!!
for a second you scared me, i thought you used good ram, i used the same type to make a splint one time. its pretty useless. Beautiful clock too
lol finally a use for those old dimms.
Cool clock!
That is a pretty sweet clock!

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