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What do you do with retired hard drives?

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Didn't see such thread so here's one. When you upgrade or remove faulty drive, what do you do with them?

Normally drives that are still good are wiped thoroughly then I chuck em on eBay. Hard drives that are really old or are no good ends up in recycling. However I have about a dozen hard drives that aren't being used as intended. My desktop is made with Mountain Mod case and it didn't come with standard feet. So I have 8x 40GB hard drives propping them up, which leaves a bit of space under for screwdrivers and bits that I may need.

Today I just got 500GB hard drive out of circulation. My laptop has 2 bays and I got a cheap 480GB SSD to go in second space for file storage where the mechanical 500GB used to be. It's still good I could probably sell em on eBay and get enough to buy McDonald's lunch for 2 people. I choose instead to shove it toward my wifi router that has 2x USB 3.0 ports as I happened to have a couple USB 3.0 to SATA adapters around.

The other retired hard drives are the giant 20MB Seagate drives, I had planned to turn it into clock but never got around to it and they still sit in a box in garage somewhere. I also have a really old corporate 50MB hard drives that is about 2 feet wide and 3 feet deep, sucks about 20 amp of power at 220v, and weights more than 50 pounds (more than 20Kg) that I wanted to show my kids how big physically the drives used to be in my childhood day. biggrin.gif (when you consider today's smallest mechanical hard drive is less than 1", holds about 250x more space, and can run off a couple button batteries or the smallest flash memory holding a couple thousands more for even less power)

PS if you physically destroy hard drives, obligatory "pics or it didn't happen" biggrin.gif
    
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I get HDD docks and use them as USB drives, or in my "Anime" storage PC... wink.gif
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I've got a half dozen or so sitting in a drawer in the basement.
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The only HDDs I actually retired are one 160GB Seagate (salvaged from a dead netbook), three 160GB WD Blues (one salvaged from a dead netbook), two 500GB Seagates (both replaced by SSDs), and one 500GB WD Black (all are 2.5" drives). I have them stored in a drawer.

I have three dead 3.5" HDDs (two Seagates and one WD Green) I keep knocking about to use as dummy drives when making up new cables, etc. I don't consider them to be retired since two died on the job and one was DOA.
     
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I have two "retired" drives a 40gb and a 20gb both Seagate...one is sitting in the old q6600 machine which is also retired and the other is collecting dust...never even been spun the first time
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Nothing yet I only have 3 hard drive that aren't in use one is on a shelf next to my desk(I still need to get some data off of it) before I either put it in an external enclosure or wipe it and destroy it no idea how I should go about that yet. . .

The other two are still in my computer for the moment one has some data I want to try and get off it the other is super old and just doesn't want to die so it'll get tossed in with the other two.
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post #7 of 7
If drive(s) is/are big enough I just add it/them to drive pool - cold backup in external enclosure. If it is some ancient device I remove top cover to show all the world how awesome it looks inside. smile.gif
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