5400 rpm 2.5 hard drives

Discussion in 'PC Hardware' started by Joe C, Mar 21, 2017.

  1. Joe C

    Joe C MDL Guru

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    I have been changing out platter drives on laptops for ssd drives and now I have a bunch of 5400 rpm platter drives of all sizes. What can I do to re-cycle these drives? Or are they just due for the trash can?
     
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  2. Michaela Joy

    Michaela Joy MDL Crazy Lady

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    @Joe C: It depends: IDE drives are hens teeth, and can probably be auctioned off on ebay. Otherwise, use them for temp storage.
     
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  3. Joe C

    Joe C MDL Guru

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    They are all sata drives.
    Too slow for storage and some have never really been used, pulled from brand new laptops but I hate to toss a working 1 tb drive. Ebay might be an idea
     
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  4. Mr.X

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    Are you opened for donations abroad?

    :D
     
  5. Joe C

    Joe C MDL Guru

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    you pay the ship?
     
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  6. Mr.X

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    I'm tempted to but... doh!
    I fear customs officers could retain and/or steal them. You know how honest Mexican gov. personnel is. :D
     
  7. Joe C

    Joe C MDL Guru

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    yup.. My brother spends his summers in St. Petersburg, Ru. and he tells me that govt corruption is rampant there too. I did manage to send him a dash cam and it did get to him. He say's people will jump on your car over there and claim you ran them over
     
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  8. Mr.X

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    Anyway thank you. :weep:
     
  9. nodnar

    nodnar MDL Addicted

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    no trashcan.. that disks will have serious storage space.. unlike ssds..i would be tempted to get some usb connectors and use them as external harddisks.. if usb 2 lappies; spring is coming. and you can watch the grass grow..;)
     
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  10. mal

    mal MDL Novice

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    I wish you lived near me. I have an empty SFF SATA hot swap cage.
     
  11. JBenal

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    Get an enclosure and make a NAS.
     
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  12. Joe C

    Joe C MDL Guru

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    yup, kinda looking like that
     
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  13. JFKI

    JFKI MDL Expert

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    Depends on how big your "bunch" is, but you may want to check out some youtube videos on gold reclamation.
    Most everything nowadays which is socketed or connected (SATA connectors in your case) are gold plated.
     
  14. Joe C

    Joe C MDL Guru

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    I've got about 7 sata laptop drives plus a couple 2.5" ide's and 7 or 8 old 3.5" ide drives but to reclaim a few microns of gold plating on each drive will cost me more than the value of the gold when you consider the required materials to do the reclaim
     
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  15. JFKI

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    Do you have any old junk motherboards ? Cards ?
    The fingers in each and every slot and socket are also gold plated, and it does tend to add up quickly over time. ;)
    ( the gold plating from "vintage" computer parts is considerably thicker )