Introduction: Hard Drive Sander

Use a old hard drive as a sander.

Step 1: Hard Drive

Remove all the screws to reveal the inside. And then take out all the components. Leave the bottom plate on if you have one.

Step 2: Sanding Disk

Get your sandpaper and trace the platter onto the sandpaper.

Step 3: Glue and Cut

Add super glue and glue the platter to the sandpaper. After the glue dries cut out the platter with a knife.

Step 4: Finish

Put the sanding disk back on.

my hard drive needed the rw arm on to work so i left it there.

Plug in the power to start it up.


g-armando (author)2016-03-04

'' Plug in the power to start it up.''



RakeshC19 (author)g-armando2017-06-29

How to plug this pls.
With amps?? Because 12 volt uses on hdd

AlexZhang (author)RakeshC192017-06-30

Use a standard 12 v supply. The sander should be able to self regulate current.

AlexZhang (author)g-armando2016-03-04

I meant sata power or molex

dilerman (author)2016-03-09

Muy buena idea

BossyRangs (author)2016-03-06

Good idea, but is the power enough for a sander? Maybe you could demonstrate in a video?

AlexZhang (author)BossyRangs2016-03-06

It spins at very very high speeds so there is enough force to sand. You can search up hard drive sander

BossyRangs (author)AlexZhang2016-03-07

Good to know


Hard disks normally have 5400 rpm for old drives and 7200 rpm for the newer ones.

AzurusNova (author)2016-03-06

Ive done this before and its a pretty handy little tool to have around in the DIY toolchest.

I will say though that not all hard drives are the same and you will have to find a drive that will continue spinning with the read/write head disconnected. (Thats what I did to mine)

After I removed the read/write head, I potted all connections not used and the pcb from any access with hot glue so its all sealed and makes it a lot more robust.

hecmil81 (author)2016-03-06

really good idea for recycling the old hard drive too bad i see now i dont have my old hd anymore

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