So I recently came into a stash of hard drives. They’re all ancient things that my company was going to just pay to have destroyed. I have been in the process of harvesting parts from them for various projects.
I’ve got a ball of ~35 neodymium magnets now and I will have a lot more when I’m done taking all of the drives apart. These things are STRONG. I struggle to pull them apart.
The question is… What do I do with it all? I want to make crafty stuff to sell (or keep around the house) and I’m drawing blanks. I’ve got a few ideas like a nice hard wood magnetic knife block for the wall but other than that I am not entirely sure how to use all of these magnets to their best potential! I have done some googling around and was left kinda disappointed by how few projects I see around using all of these cool parts.
(ball of magnets, still attached to their bases for show)
Along with this… what do I do with the rest of the bits?
I’ve got a ton of mirror finish platters, the spacers from between the platters, write heads (which are fairly useless to me except they have a bearing I can salvage), the hard drive motors themselves, about 15 tiny torx screws per drive and the drive casings.
I’ve seen the few tutorials around for wind chimes, grinders and the like but nothing has really stuck with me.
Anyone have some inspiration for me? I figure these will keep me busy for a while!