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April 25, 2006

Top 5 Dead Hard Drive Projects

at 1:10 am. Filed under Crazy Hacks, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks, Top 5 and Top 10

Hard Drive Generator

You might remember this one from a few weeks ago, those hard drive magnets are very powerful and if you have enough of them you can do some interesting things.
“In summary the original “Stepper – Wind Generator” actually produced power, albeit limited to 1 or 2 watts on a really windy day. The “PM – Gen (Ver. 2.0)” Was easily a tenfold increase but limited to charging 6V and 8V golf cart batteries as it rarely gets windy enough on a consistent basis for reliable 12V charging. The aim of this project “HD Gen” is to make at least a 100Watt unit that can be easily duplicated.”

Without a good source of strong magnets mrkooo in Peru used a bunch of hard drive magnets for his wind generator which has a blade diameter of 2 meters.
“I broke them in 2 pieces in order to have one pole. The problem is that now I have very little magntes. My winds are #21 wire and 160 turns, I expect to obtain al least 12V to charge a battery.”


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118 Responses to “Top 5 Dead Hard Drive Projects”

  1. Stanley Fisher Says:

    here is the link http://www.debrace.com/home.php?cat=2

  2. Alan Parekh Says:

    Hi Stanley,

    Thanks for the link, that is actually a very cheap price for the custom clock!

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  5. media player Says:

    Wow there are some really talented and creative people out there. Great inventions all done with hard drives.

  6. Jay Says:

    This is a nice proyect. Those magnets have two poles per side. So, it is necessary to cut them in 2 pieces with a stone cutting disk.

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  8. Nikhil Says:

    Hey guys could any1 tell me more abt dis I damn wanna hack my hard disk but donno where to strt frm pls pls pls lemme know like steps for my Samsung HD!!!! pretty PSL!!!!! 😀
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  9. clark smith Says:

    Great ideas! I usually just smash them and pour water over them.

  10. Jarvis Says:

    Wow, pretty tech!

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  12. dual monitors Says:

    this reminds me of that Radiohead contest where the first place dude used all old hardrives for the video. Geeh wish I could find it, you would all really appreciate it 🙂

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  15. Spotted Marley Says:

    You can use the magnets from inside your HDD and a 75 cent reed switch to get that stepper motor spinning super fast.

    Here’s the video tutorial: http://jaytube.org/share/PueF3b3XXBo

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    I go through a ton of hard drives. I’ve made a USS Enterprise, Motorcycle and various other stuff:



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