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Q: how to remove/salvage fixed magnets from dead HDDs? Answered

Does anyone have any tips for removing the powerful magnets from dead hard drives? I have the hardest time prying them off the metal part they're mounted on once I've disassembled the drive. I've shattered one or two trying to drive a wedge under one with a hammer.


i scavenged some of those magnets and one way to take them off is slap them together .

if you can get the magnet "cradles" out of the drive itself (usually not too difficult) you can simply bend the cradle on one end or the other which will separate one side of the magnet from the metal part, then you can just pop it the rest of the way off with a screw driver or sometimes just by pulling on it.

I usually tap a utility knife blade underneath, muy dangerous. Don't do it.