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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 Wind Chimes If you like to take things apart you will have lots of fun making one of these hard drive wind chimes. It won’t cost you a dime and looks quite nice. Talk about a conversation starter when people try to figure out what it was made from.
“The original idea of making a hard drive component wind chime came from the summer of 2004, when I was working as an intern in the Amherst College IT department. I had several broken hard drives to get rid of and my fellow intern Devindra yelled out the phrase “hard drive platter wind chimes!!!”, so I started Googling for how-tos on hard drive wind chimes. Sadly, while pictures of several exist there isn’t a real guide. I eventually took them apart and made a decent wind chime with the components in a Western Digital HD. However, since I made it using cheap pink thread (the only thread/rope I had access to) it fell apart in a few weeks. The keychain I made from it is still functioning very well though.”


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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!

  3. zff Says:


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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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  17. Jeff Avery Says:

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



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