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Uses for old hard disks?

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October 23, 2009 9:01:31 AM

I have 4 or 5 old hard drives -- 20GB-40GB 4000rpm -- lying around.

Is there anything useful that can be done with them, apart from throwing them at crows on the lawn?

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October 23, 2009 9:15:40 AM

Target practice maybe? or tear em apart, and use the platters as coasters. Then use the magnets for the fridge, or the garage to hold tools.
October 23, 2009 9:20:30 AM

Are they laptop or desktop HD's. At 4000rpm, they sound like laptop drive? Put them in an extenal USB powered caddy and use them as backups?
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October 23, 2009 9:27:47 AM

They may work as external drives.
Like Pendrives(Though quite heavy...)

Or sell them if someone takes...

Even crows deserve more than 20GB:) 
October 23, 2009 1:14:54 PM

i like the tear them apart and use the platters for coasters idea
October 23, 2009 1:56:43 PM

Fridge magnets and coasters... true technical genius at work :) 

The crows would have just eaten them anyway :D 
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