[Noisebridge-discuss] Free Broken Hard Disks

John Ellis neurofog at gmail.com
Wed Nov 13 23:58:57 UTC 2013

Hi Alex,

I might come by tomorrow and grab a few if they are still around. If I can
find some semi-similar, I'll try and program the motors to run on an
Arduino (cliche I know) for the next CHM demo and bring a few to NB. I
don't think I could bag & carry much more than 8-12 if available.

I'm guessing these don't have steppers in them, but are voice coil and a
good spindle motors  for the most part.

For others reference,  modern HDDs often have parts like Flash ROMs and
output "amps" for driving motors that also drive speakers etc. that can be

Is anyone planning to bring a few to NB for hacking?


On Wed, Nov 13, 2013 at 2:13 PM, Alex Buie <alex.buie at frozenfeline.net>wrote:

> Hi guys,
> $work (Internet Archive / archive.org) has a semi-large quantity of
> broken/failed hard disks in various states of (non)function. (Some of them
> still spin up, just have uncorrectable sectors, but most are completely
> totaled [head crash, broken motor, et al])
> Before we pay to have them e-cycled, I thought I'd post a message here to
> see if anyone was interested in taking some quantity (1 or 5 or 10 or more)
> of them to play with. They all still have the magnets in them, so they're a
> good source of high-strength fridge/workbench magnets, or the platters make
> neat source material for things. (It's also a cool project for anyone who
> wants to see what the inside of a HD looks like firsthand)
> They range in capacity from 2-4TB, but most are 3TB.
> We're in the Richmond district, at the corner of Funston and Clement. (one
> block northeast of Geary and Park Presidio)
> If you have any questions or are interested, please don't hesitate to
> email me. They're first-come, first-serve.
> Alex
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