Do not rush to throw away hard disks left over after upgrading your computer or hard drives that are out of order – you can always find a new use for them. For example, make a mirror, a watch, a safe for storing cash, a network drive, and other useful things.
The purposes for which you can use old hard drives depends on whether they are in working order or not. It is curious that a functioning hard drive has much fewer uses than a non-working one.
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If the hard drive is in working order, it can be turned into a portable storage device. To do this, it is enough to buy an external container for a hard drive and place a hard drive in it. Depending on the size of the drive, a power adapter may be required, for example, if the drive is 3.5 “, whereas an adapter is usually not needed for 2.5” drives.
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Home cloud server
If you already have an external drive and don’t need another one, you can use a working hard drive to create your own NAS, and then you can access the data on the drive from any device connected to your Wi-Fi network. If you are not ready to spend the extra money, you can build your own NAS based on the Raspberry Pi single board computer.
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How non-working hard drives can be used
A defective hard drive cannot be used to store data, but its physical components can have other uses. Before starting work, you will need to disassemble it into “spare parts”. The process is demonstrated in the video posted below.
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Magnetic knife bar
Hard discs contain large neodymium magnets that can be used to create a magnetic knife holder. All you need is a bar, magnets, glue and a set of common tools.
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The magnetic disks that are in the hard drive can serve as an excellent mirror. Discs must be removed very carefully so that chips and scratches do not appear. They can then be placed in the office, used as a signal or pocket mirror.
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It is possible to create not only mirrors from the disks of a non-working HDD, but also other cute little things, for example, wind chimes. For their manufacture, you will need the actual disks, the case of the hard drive, a metal fastening ring and a cord with which the structural elements will be connected.
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Creative use can be found not only in the components of the hard drive, but also in its case, for example, as a safe for storing money. It is quite easy to make – just remove all the components from the case and screw the cover to one of the upper corners of the case with a bolt. As a result, you will have a swivel-type container where you can put your money.
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What could be simpler and more original than a watch from an old hard drive? In order to make a clock from a hard drive, you need the hard drive itself, a clock mechanism and two hands. The manufacturing process is presented in the video published below.
If you still have not found a use for an old hard drive, it does not matter whether it works or not, put it up for sale on forums where old computer parts are offered. But before doing this, make sure that all information has been completely erased from the hard drive.