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Alright I gave this a try on my old Maxtor HDD and ruined it pretty much. So I learned from the mistakes I've made and I'm using a broken HDD (Power prongs are gone some how but I plan on soldering on new pins) But I know hard drives run off of air pressure and what do you guys think of this, its a cheap design but I'm hoping it works. My plan is to cut out the inside of the Metal cover with a dremel drill and cut the cd case to fit inside the metal and act as a transparent cover. Any tips on this project?

This is my 2nd project and could take a few tips.

I'll try to keep you updated.
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post #2 of 29
Do't use a CD case - its way too flimsy. Use acrylic.

Also, using a Caviar is a BAD idea. The actuator is calibrated with a screw on the top cover (cut off the bottom left part of the label to see for yourself). If you take that screw off you have virtually no chance of putting it back together without the proper equipment.
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post #3 of 29
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I can't get any acrylic x.x

I'm broke for a while just drained my wallet for the 8800 GT.


Can you show me the parts you are reffering to, I'm just learning HDD parts and I don't know all the parts yet
post #4 of 29
I woudln't cut a hole in the metal as the hard drives are made in dust free rooms and any spec of dust can ruin it.

I've heard this from someone else, so if its wrong sry.
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Yeah but when the disk starts and spins it throws off and dirt n such. But I could be wrong as well
post #6 of 29
Arn't HDD covers metal for a reason? to help counter EMFields which could feasibly change a bit from a 0 to a 1. Wouldn't using something like a plastic cover essentially increase its exposure to EM Fields?
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I woudln't cut a hole in the metal as the hard drives are made in dust free rooms and any spec of dust can ruin it.

I've heard this from someone else, so if its wrong sry.
someone has done it before
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post #8 of 29
Stupidest idea evar o_O

Contaminate the Disc = no more data
post #9 of 29
i think if you can pull it off it would be cool especially with some sort of led backlight inside it....here is a good link Check it out!!!!!
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post #10 of 29
i dont think its a stupid idea. this is how innovation works... a bunch of trial and errors until something great works out.
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