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“ How To: Remove Magnets From a Computer Hard Drive ”
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If you want to take apart a hard drive, make sure you do not want files on the hard drive. ALL DATA RISK THE CHANCE OF BEING LOST WHEN YOU OPEN THE CASE OF YOUR HARD DRIVE. WHEN YOU REMOVE THE DISKS/MAGNETS, IT IS ALMOST GUARANTEED THAT THE DATA WILL BE LOST.
• Six edge screw driver (can be bought at almost any hardware store)
• Old junk hard drive
OPENING THE CASE:
First, you will want to open the case of your hard drive. There should be screws placed throughout the top of the case. Look carefully, some may be hiding under the label/sticker that is on the case. Find the right sized bit for the screw (most six sided screwdrivers will come with multiple sizes). Unscrew all of the screws on the exterior of the hard drive.
Once you have opened your case, you should see something like this:
REMOVING THE DISKS:
Using the screwdriver again, unscrew the center screws, like so:
Gently, pull each disk out, then the separator, then the next disk. Repeat until all of the disks are removed:
REMOVING THE MAGNETS:
Now that the disks have been removed, the magnets are more easily accessible:
Place a screwdriver like so:
And pry the magnets out of the casing:
Now that you have some super magnets, have fun with them. Mess up someones computer monitor, use them as a fridge magnet, whatever you want. I advise you to leave the brackets on the magnets. The ones that I removed hit against each other and came loose. The brackets are a nice safety feature for the magnets. It allows you to have a nice grip point to remove them if they get stuck on a metal surface. The magnets can break (or shatter) if they clash against eachother. If this happens, I suggest taking silicone or hot glue (from a hot glue gun, duh) and wrap the magnet in the substance. This will help prevent further shattering of the magnet.
As you may have noticed, the disks that were removed have an amazing quality of reflection. They are great to be used for reflecting the light off of a laser pointer. If you would like to keep the disks shiny (no scratches) I advise you to store them like so:
Sorry for the images blurriness. If you can't see what the picture is of, I have taken the disks, and put them on the top of a lava lamp (through the center hole), so that the top and bottom won't get scratched. Also, if you want to be a 'gangstah' as some people say; Take a gold chain and put it through the disks, and now you have some shiny geek-bling.
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, leave a comment, or send me a message.