Harddrive Coaster

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Introduction: Harddrive Coaster

About: I like to tinker and experiment with electronics, robotics, programming, and photography. Along with my latest interest in Steampunk.

You just replaced your laptop harddrive and wish you could do something useful with the bad drive? Make a interesting coaster to place under your drinks and impress your geek friends.

Step 1: Get Some Sticky Feet

Go to your local hardware store and get some self stick feet to put on the bottom of the harddrive. These will protect your nice table from scratches and keep hot or cold conduction to your table top. I got these from Dale Hardware. They are about 1/8 inch high.

Step 2: Stickem Down

Peel them off and attach on the bottom corners of the hard drive.

Step 3: Done

You now have a really neat coaster! Use it.

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    Well that is one expensive coaster! :)

    Great last minute present for a computer geek 

    Yes now i know what to do with my HDD, and my floppies, and laptop, and monitors, and dog when theyre all dead. COASTERS! ...-_-

    Got to be careful with these drives, if you plan to use the platters for some other project, cos all of the 2.5" drives I have dismantles have had glass (or something similar) platters, the first one I thought I could bend the platter up to access the head underneath, and it exploded!!! Next one was when I dropped a drive, and the platters shattered inside the case, and subsequent drives I just broke them just for the heck of it... :) All drives were dead of course... :)

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    glass!? really? interesting. when did they start doing that?

    That image is cool, I never knew Aluminium was so rough, even when shiny!!! :D

    No idea, presumably in the 90s when laptops were developing and they wanted to reduce power consumption or something... :)

    old floppy disks make better coasters because you can rip them in half and they have fabric on the inside that absorbs the moisture. probably would work better if you glued a bunch of them together

    Uhuhhh. Well ok. Say, how big is that had, I'm looking for a new one for my toshiba satellite 2520cds.

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    about 2.5 inches. :-)

    Sigh, you're just as bad as my friend. What is it's capacity

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    Well if you pull the platters and the read write head out with the magnets, then you could put about 2-3 ounces of sand in it and make a cool desktop rock garden. :)

    You know what else makes a good coaster? Dvds/cds that were burned improperly

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    they make good frisbees.

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    Or clay (ok, plastic) pigeons to practice your aim, maybe with a homemade coil gun.

    Hang them from trees with string to deter birds.

    Hmm, I took out an old hard drive from an old IBM and after taking the hard drive apart, that side of it has a padding on it already, interesting...

    You could, in theory, make a hi-speed HDD drinks stirrer. Make a magnetic coupler and stir away!