Step 5: Remove magnets from backing plates

The goal in this step is to bend the backing plate the magnets are glued to. Whether you use two vice grips as pictured, one end in a vice and one plier, or a channel lock and vice grip, is up to you and your tool chest.

Do NOT heat the magnet to loosen the glue, as heating magnets to the temp required to loosen glue causes them to lose there magnetism. Do NOT try and chisel them off, the magnets are brittle and will crumble to bits (sticky bits, all over your screwdriver).

The only other method that worked for me was to pinch the base horizontally in a vice with the magnet face up. Using a large pair of channel locks layed flat to grip the outside edges of the magnet I rotated in a circular motion.

If you have well glued thin magnets, they may break, if the pieces are big enough the project may still work. If not, go find a different brand junk drive and start over.
Skip the holster part, make a loop on your belt for a rare earth magnet and stick the letherman directly to the magnet<br />
make it into a wristband and use it to hold screws
not bad, especially since i have solid piece of metal called a leatherman Wave :P. So, just need to stich a rare earth metal to the inside of a piece of canvas pouch, and just stick the thing on the other side, Since my leatherman pounch is still holding one (super thick leather) i might hold out on this for now.
Most, but not all, drives come with a pair of rare-earth magnets. To up the strength of a magnet/concentrate the field, it may help to place a piece of ferrous metal on the non-business side of it. A variation on this instructable - one that I've used - is to sew such a magnet into the waistband of your jeans (or whatever you wear when carrying your multi-tool or analogue). One drive magnet should do to hold most any LeatherMan, SAK, or bicycle multi-tool, etc.. And you don't really need the pouch/holster anymore; the tool is immediately available - just slide it off of the waistband - and easily, blindly replaced - just let go of it within an inch of the magnet and it gets sorted out... You can put the other magnet of the pair into a different pair of pants, of course, or put it some other purpose.
nice- did something similar a few weeks ago, basicaly stiched a HDD magnet to the inside of a canves belt, holds my leatherman perfectly, and i'll never lose that screwdriver again either! lol well done
you forgot one step... putting the hard drive back together and sending it to the companie for repair, lol. nice project but it isnt good for people that go in the woods with a compass because a magnet will disturb the compass. thanks for the idea.
At first I didn't get that the magnet was going to be attracted to the tool inside the pouch, rather than a piece of metal or something to replace the 'other' side of the Velcro. But now I get it! What a clever idea. I might be lame, though, and just try a fridge magnet. :-)
Thanks, I did a little edit to the intro so hopefully the goal is a little clearer from the start. I don't think a fridge magnet will be strong enough. You could try, just don't sew it in all the way in until your satisfied. Don't miss out on the fun of tearing apart a hard drive, the magnets are very impressive.

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