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    Default Looking for damaged 500GB hard disks

    I know its odd, but does anyone have broken 2.5" laptop 500GB SATA drives? By broken, it may be not functioning, with severe problems, or just a paperweight. Any brand will do.

    Thanks in advance!
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    Aren't you going to tell us what you plan to do with them? Harvest magnets?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flojomojo View Post
    Aren't you going to tell us what you plan to do with them? Harvest magnets?
    I wouldn't think the size of hdd would matter much if all he wanted were the magnets. But maybe?

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    The magnets are second.

    The main reason is for data recovery. Before we ever got a Bluray, we would do massive backups on nearly every extra HDD we can find. My brother, for instance, would download so much J-POP videos/music and anime, that many of them were backed up on those tiny drives, particularly the external ones with enclosures.

    Unfortunately, I have around seven that simply won't work when connected. The drives spin, but that is it. I hope on changing the IO boards with defective units with the hopes that I can have at least some access, even like a "low level" access and be able to get the data from the damaged drives. Or at least as much as I can back up. The drives are from Hitachi, Samsung, Western Digital, and Seagate (most are this brand).

    I know it's a hassle, but if i can access that data, I would be happy. Then I can back them up to a Bluray or online storage (or the RAID setup I plan on making in January). I want to give it a shot.

    If nothing, then those magnets would be neat, as I have plenty of uses for them, specially when I tutor.
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