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In this instructable I will show you the steps to take apart a computer hard drive and get the rare earth magnets from it.
1. A hard drive 2. Appropriate screwdrivers Pretty simple, eh?
Hard drives can be found most everywhere. In Australia we have things called council cleanups where many people chuck out old computers. For those wh...
I have had this set for a long time...It has a bit of a story to it. Skip to the next paragraph if you don't want to hear my ramblings...Along time ag...
Get out your hard drive and rip of all of the stickers. Undo all of the screws that you see and take the cover off.
Again you want to undo all of the screws
You now have access to the first of the two magnets. See that thing that has a number on it... Thats a magnet. You will have to pull really hard to ge...
Rare earth magnets can be very damaging. They can destroy tv and computer screens.Well now you have these rare earth magnets what do you do with them?...
Due to comments here is how to get the magnet off the brace. Sorry, No photos, forgot. What I recommend i not taking them off the brace because most...
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I understand that I am replying to an exceedingly old post, however this may help someone save wasted time and effort chasing a red herring...
You don't replace a clicking hard drive, you replace it. Whether you do that either sending it in for a warranty replacement or buy a new one, that's up to you. The only important thing is that you get the replacement prior to the drive dying so that you can clone it without losing data.
I dont even remember posting this, but thanks anyway :)
Given the age of this post I am replying to, this is more for other folks coming along in the future as I suspect you've probably taken at least a cursory look into this matter in the last seven years...
Yes, the lanthanide series elemental metals aren't exactly good for you, it is very unlikely that you are going to ingest them if cracked in two (or more) pieces. There are far worse threats to your health from ingesting such strong magnets anyway, such as two pieces sticking together from different sections of your intestines and cause severe blockages that require emergency surgery to remove! Really for them to be a chemically active health threat from having ingested or inhaled they would need to be rendered into fine dust and then consumed them though whatever route. Again, that is quite unlikely, so I wouldn't be worried about negative health effects from extracting the magnets from hard drives, even you you accidentally break some. Just don't eat or snort them eh. Also, for the same medical reasoning that I'd mentioned first, one should vigorously avoid consuming whole and intact magnets as well (even non rare earth magnets) and probably also avoid placing them into any other orifices as well (I hope that I really didn't need to say that, but people being people, it is probably better that I did.)
I don't know if your still around on this site or not. But due to your comment, I had to say something. Even if your not, it may help someone else grok the reality of the situation before they one day get caught and get into trouble.
Just because you get away with something, even for an extended period absolutely DOES NOT mean that it is legal!
In removing the magnet, I just use pliers and hammer. Using this tools, just bend the tip of the plate (not at the middle because there is a probability that you break the magnet). After bending and discover some opening, insert screw driver and flip it off to break the attachment that binds the magnet and the plate. Done! But make sure not to break the magnet. Do it wisely and patiently.
""Using your feet hold the brace and pull using the knife and pliers. Make sure not to snap them bucause the stuff inside is bad for you!""
So what is in it? What am I not breaking, the magnet or the casing around the magnet.
I'd like to get a sense of what precautions I should be taking. Thanks for the info, I'll be pulling apart some old hard drives soon!
Hey! I used your instructable to harvest a magnet for my instructable. Thanks!
are the magnets connected
Small vise is less painful than transplanting a third hand.
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