what do you do with your old hard drives?

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  1. 7960

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    I've probably got 10 or 15 drives that are all less than 20gig. I've got an external enclosure with a 320gig drive so I don't really need the space....... do you wipe them and toss them? ebay/craigslist? is there anywhere to donate them?

    what do you do?
     
  2. TigreTek

    TigreTek omega member OT Supporter

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    beats me. i'm trying to see if i can sell anything in a bunch of old PCs to a scrap yard.

    maybe i should start yanking pins out of procs. :hsugh:
     
  3. crontab

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    I put ubuntu or reload the vendor OS on the old pc's and drop them off at goodwill and write them off.
     
  4. cmsurfer

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    I have a bad habit of keeping old stuff, so I have about 15-20 drives between home and work just laying around... Some work and some don't ;)
     
  5. Hum

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    open them up for fun, trash them.

    Not worth my time to try to sell them.
     
  6. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    I take the magnets out and use the platters as coasters. If they look really cool, I turn them into desk art.
     
  7. TL1000RSquid

    TL1000RSquid ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

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    I wiped my last ones with 7.62x39
     
  8. trouphaz

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    pull out those magnets and see if you hurt yourself with them.
     
  9. TigreTek

    TigreTek omega member OT Supporter

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    oooh... good one.
     
  10. dorkultra

    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    if its busted, i take it apart and keep the magnets and platters. i use the platters as small mirrors and coasters. i have a green laser, so its cool to use the platter to bounce the beam around

    check this out, i have an original xbox hard drive as the system drive in my server:
    [​IMG]
     
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    I've been meaning to let the air out of a few of my old ones with some x54R.
     
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    I take them apart and see what they look like (curiosity killed the cat) :hs:

    Then just garbage after I've disected and done what I want to.
     
  14. Stilgar1973

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    If they work I donate them.
    We have a place in Ephrata called 'Free Geek'.

    It is this place where you can drop off all your old computer hardware - working and non working.
    If it is working they combine it with other parts to form a working PC.
    It if doesn't work they sell it for scrap to fund the program.

    The computers they make go to poor people and people with mental disabilities.

    It gets better.
    The icing on the cake is this.

    The people that work there, they people taking the donated stuff apart, testing it and building stuff are mostly people with mental handicaps that don't otherwise work.
    The local mental health agencies use it as a form of learn to work program.

    When the people put in so many hours they are allowed to take a computer home for themselves.

    Here is the link to the nationwide program:
    http://www.freegeek.org/

    **I sent you an IM**
     
  15. deusexaethera

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    Yeah, it's real fun when the magnets want to make a finger sandwich. Hurts like a motherfucker when they fly towards each other and your finger is in the middle.
     
  16. dissonance

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    I usually wipe them and give em to friends
     
  17. trouphaz

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    lol, yeah. i got pinched a bunch of times screwing around with them.
     
  18. deusexaethera

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    They're awesome for putting on the wall underneath bottle cap openers, though. You'll never have beer caps all over your kitchen floor again, even after a crazy party. Drink more than most people? That's okay, just mount a second magnet a little farther down.
     
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    thanks.

    I'm going to see if there's somewhere local that does that. I've never heard of free geek and I'll be surprised if there's not something similar around here.
     
  20. Hate Crime

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    No shotgun?
     
  21. Original Sin

    Original Sin I'm so hood.

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    same here...well 6.8, but same idea :bigthumb:
     
  22. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    You could make throwing stars out of the platters, if they're the all-metal kind. Some are plastic in the middle.

    EDIT: Here's what I did with some old server hard drives:

    [​IMG]
     
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  23. Maffy29

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    I had about 15 drives that were anywhere from 20GB to 80GB. Not worth it to sell individually, but I put two of them in some older systems and sold them on craigslist. Got around $75 for a whole setup and it got some old CRT monitors out of my garage. That was worth it to me.
     
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    :eek3:

    excellent idea.
     
  25. deusexaethera

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    That's a damn good idea right there.

    Too bad I don't have any spare CPUs. Damn Athlons kept burning out.
     

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