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    Anything cool I could do with a busted 30GB laptop HD?

    It started making a series of clicks and errors about 8 months back, replaced it and it has been doing nothing since.

    What can I do with it? I guess its beyond repair?

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    Make coasters?

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    Take it apart, and disect the insides!.. ..

    ..Umm seriously I don't know, S.T.H.M. it!.. (send to HeXus member!)

    ..Or sell to highest bidder (some dumb/disillusioned people on auction sites!!), or at a fixed price (considering rules, of this forum.)..

    ..Or as Butcher said have a nice coaster.. Innotive?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butcher
    Make coasters?
    Laptop drive , too small

    I heard HD drives look very cool when you look at the insides while they function, is this worthwhile? Or would it be better to give it away for a chance of repair?

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    Who made the drive?
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    If it's knackered there's basically nothing you can do to repair it AFAIK. The magnets used for the read/write arm are rare earth types and VERY powerful, so it's worth dismantling.

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    Stick it in the microwave.

    Use it as a door-stop.

    Put it down your pants...
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    Open it up and retrieve your carpet hockey pucks.



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    I took apart many HDD's... I tend to take out the platers and grind them so that the edges are razor sharp! Then I chuck them around a bit... Its not long after that I cut myself and chuch the platers out... But the magnets are fun to play with!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kez
    Who made the drive?
    IBM, Travelstar

    Silent drive other than the problem, worked great for 2 years.

    I guess I cant do anything to fix it, can i?

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    Get the IBM/Hitachi drive fitness test. It can fix a lot of problems.

    edit: To add a bit more (fish and chips arrive when I first posted this.) I have a Deathstar that has a couple of times frozen up and made nasty clicking sounds. They do that when part of the media is bad. Providing the BIOS can detect the drive, then the DFT tool can usually remap the bad parts of the media.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kez
    Get the IBM/Hitachi drive fitness test. It can fix a lot of problems.

    edit: To add a bit more (fish and chips arrive when I first posted this.) I have a Deathstar that has a couple of times frozen up and made nasty clicking sounds. They do that when part of the media is bad. Providing the BIOS can detect the drive, then the DFT tool can usually remap the bad parts of the media.
    http://www.hitachigst.com/hdd/support/download.htm#DFT

    ?

    "Note: This download creates a self-booting DOS diskette to run the DFT utility. You can create the diskette under Windows or under Linux, using the binary version, but you must start your system with the DOS bootable diskette to run DFT. DFT can only be used with x86 based processors."

    That means I cant do it , I was hoping to analyse it by hooking it up to the laptop via an external USB caddy

    EDIT: There is a CD option, does that mean I can hook it up with the caddy and use the CD installed program to analyse it?

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    It needs to be attached over IDE. You can get converters, I believe. Or you could whack it in your lappy while you try to fix it?
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