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Just wondering.

I think I remember a topic a while back about someon was stripping copper wires to give them to some place to get $$, then someone else posted about how he used to do that with HDD platters, but obviously its a different material.

Just wondering what its made out of to see if I'm really thinking "ok", or I'm off my rocker.
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Platters are typically made using an aluminium or glass substrate.

Source: Wiki!
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Just wondering.

I think I remember a topic a while back about someon was stripping copper wires to give them to some place to get $$, then someone else posted about how he used to do that with HDD platters, but obviously its a different material.

Just wondering what its made out of to see if I'm really thinking "ok", or I'm off my rocker.
They are usually made from glass or aluminum. Taking them to recyclying plant would yield a few extra bucks.
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They are usually made from glass or aluminum. Taking them to recyclying plant would yield a few extra bucks.
Just walk in and say, "Here doods, monies plz", or what..?

Where I help out after school I can get about a good 100 dead HDD's. And more than that assuming I can get all the dead ones that come in.
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Just walk in and say, "Here doods, monies plz", or what..?

Where I help out after school I can get about a good 100 dead HDD's. And more than that assuming I can get all the dead ones that come in.
Lol, I guess thats one way to do it. I'm guessing they will take them seperate from the cans or bottles you might also bring. Because they are coated with a magnetic substance I'm not sure if some type of action is needed to recycle them versus recycling a regular can.

Give your local plant a call and ask. They will obviously know better than myself.
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I beleive some company recently developed platters made out of steel. This will allow faster spindle speeds and thinner platters. Supposedly, these drives will be coming out next year.
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I beleive some company recently developed platters made out of steel. This will allow faster spindle speeds and thinner platters. Supposedly, these drives will be coming out next year.
Thats stupid. Steel being cheaper than aluminum and all...
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