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post #11 of 29
Who needs two expensive paper weights?

Something like a HDD enclosure is to be left to master modders and people with money to burn. If you can't even spring for the acrylic, I'd say the hard drive is more valuable to you if it's functional, yet boring.
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post #12 of 29
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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.
He's using a broken one so why not experiment with it?
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post #13 of 29
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Its just an old hard drive I don't use since I've upgraded to Sata.

An experiment that I've wanted to do for a while.
post #14 of 29
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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
Check this. The actuator is the arm that the head is attached to.


And dust is definitely a problem.

A good way to get a room close to dust free is to steam up your bathroom. Let it get REALLY steamy in there - the water molecules will grab hold of the dust particles. As the water condenses on the walls and floor, the dust particles will be taken out of the air.

Just make sure that the bathroom is NOT humid when you actually take the drive in there.


No matter what though, don't expect a modded hard drive to last more than maybe a few months if you don't use a proper clean room.
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I opened it in my kitchen >.< and threw it in a plastic ziplock as soon as I opened it.


What are the odds of dust getting on it.
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I opened it in my kitchen >.< and threw it in a plastic ziplock as soon as I opened it.


What are the odds of dust getting on it.
LOL it doesn't matter, the ziplock bag got on it. Any part of the platters that the ziplock bag touched are dead now.
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I opened it in my kitchen >.< and threw it in a plastic ziplock as soon as I opened it.


What are the odds of dust getting on it.
prolly bout as good as any residue getting on the platter from the bag

Edit: Beat to the punch
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prolly bout as good as any residue getting on the platter from the bag

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dude, that is the trippest avatar ever. reminds me of gradius III on the SNES +rep lol
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The Ziplock bag is brand new. I don't understand. Static?
post #20 of 29
I lol'ed at the Ziplock bag, and the cd case cover but even if your going to try to do this, why not try to DO IT RIGHT and wait until you can get money for acrylic. In my opinion it's just stupid ruining hard drives, when i've seen people make some change selling them here on the forums.
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