Hard Drive Wind Chimes




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I've been on a hard drive mission this week! It started with Three Handy Workbench Tools from HDD Magnets, then

Make a Magnetic Hardware Sorting Tray From Hard Drive Magnets, and most recently Using the Magnets From Old Hard Drives in The Kitchen. Magnets are great, but what do you do with the rest of the hard drive? Make a wind chime!

20150731 134942 from chuck stephens on Vimeo.

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Step 1: The Parts

I used the cover plate and disk mounting ring from an old hard drive as well as six drive disks to create the wind chime. I also used black surveyors line.

Instructables user tbt10f recently said 'Hard drives are like a box of chocolates.' Very true- you never know what you're going to get. It may have one or two magnets, it may have one disk or multiple disks and the rest of the internal bits come in a variety of shapes and styles. You may need two hard drives for this project or it might take six. Larger capacity drives have more disks than smaller drives.

Step 2: Prepare the Hanger

First I cut six lengths of the string to 30". I heated the each end of the strings to melt it and prevent it from unraveling. I tied each string in the middle through each of the drive cover's outside mounting holes. I threaded one half of each string through a separate hole on the disk mounting ring then tied them together so the cover would hang levelly. I tied another knot in the strings a little further up to create a loop to hang the chimes. I cut the excess string and used a lighter to prevent it from unraveling.

Step 3: ​Attach the Hard Drive Disks

I tied the disks to the hanger with the other half of each string. I wanted to hang them at different levels, but close enough that they would hit each other when the wind blows. I cut the excess string and used the lighter again to prevent the string from unraveling. I gave the disks a quick polish with a cloth to remove the smudges and finger prints.

Step 4: Hang It

I hung the wind chimes from a screw under the edge of my front porch. I hung it in an exposed location because a wind chime without wind is just hanging junk.

That's it. Enjoy your wind chime. Just remember- you'll like it much more than your neighbors will.

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    Reply 3 years ago

    That will be the glass platters (e.g., from laptop HDs) rather than the metal ones (e.g., older desktop HDs).

    (It was still worth mentioning though so that people check which kind they have before finding out the hard way!)


    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Been doing it for years, never have had one shatter. That is metal.


    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    This isnt my video, but Ive had them shatter multiple times just by dropping them on a carpeted office floor.


    They are very brittle.


    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction


    Just treat it s you would a glass product, not metal.