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Author Topic: Clocks out of hard drive platters  (Read 1220 times)

Blooz1

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Clocks out of hard drive platters
« Reply #10 on: February 18, 2003, 11:14:46 PM »

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« Reply #11 on: February 18, 2003, 11:26:41 PM »

Whatever you do, you're gonna need high RPM to avoid bending or cracking of the platter.  Also make sure you're drill bit is sharp.  If the bit binds on the platter, the friction may actually melt the platter material a little bit....
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« Reply #12 on: February 18, 2003, 11:28:27 PM »

Actually, this is faring cool.  I made two clocks out of an old HD from a Mac.  I use a drill press and I do recomend this,  go very slow.  Stop every once and awhile to make sure it doesn't heat up to much too.  Also, they scratch pretty damn easy so put it on an old cloth or something.  Sorry i don't have pics, I gave them away to two teachers I used to have.
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« Reply #13 on: February 19, 2003, 12:07:14 AM »

I've got three platters sitting around (two from a ~340 MB drive, and one from a ~40 MB drive), all appear to be some sort of glass. Too bad, I was thinking the other day what a great clock it'd be if I could use the old read heads as the minute and hour hands.
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« Reply #14 on: February 19, 2003, 12:17:07 AM »

You could still drill em and use em.  Just be sure not to melt em.  Loki got lucky with the availability of a drill press.  If you take it slow, you should be able to drill those platters.
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