Want a Free Neodymium Super Magnet?
Do you want a free Neodymium super magnet that you can use for your magnetic fishing or other hobby projects? Here’s how to get a Neodymium magnet for FREE. Do you have an old hard drive that you no longer use? Or one which has crashed and is no longer functional. Then you can get hold of a pair of useful free magnets.
Free neodymium magnets, that’s not bad. (Another advantage, if you want some privacy, is that no one will be able to read the contents of the disk after you have dismounted it.) Inside each hard drive, there are useful magnets that you can easily remove. All you need is a screwdriver or Torx tool and maybe a plier. It requires a little tampering but is easy to do.
Easy to get out
Just unscrew all screws that secure the metal plate to the hard drive. Be aware some screws may be hidden under sticky notes on the plate. Sometimes the manufacturer has their special screws to prevent it from being opened. This is to protect the hard drive from being fully opened by mistake or curiosity and thereby destroying it. If there are screws that you do not have tools for you may need to drill or break them. You can then remove the plate and open the hard drive.
2 Free magnets
There are two magnets in each hard drive, one on top and one under the reading arm. There are types with just one magnet as well, but for the most part, it is two. The first one is easy to remove. A few screws secure the top magnet and once these have been removed, lift it off. The lower one can be a little more difficult.
You may have to break the movable arm on which the reading head is attached and unscrew a few screws. But after that, all you need to do is pick it out. The magnets are attached to a piece of metal and are difficult to separate from it. It is not, however, impossible to remove the magnet. There are a couple of methods you can try. Either, bending the metal piece with pliers, or, heating it over a light and then rapidly cooling it, can cause the magnet to loosen.
Careful with the Neodymium magnets
Just remember that neodymium magnets are fragile and crack easily. You can use the magnets even if they are still attached to the metal plate. Then you do not risk breaking them. Also, in DVD players, there are small magnets that you can remove and use.
Put several pieces in a row and build a set for magnet fishing, or, glue the magnets to the back of a piece of plastic so you can make a key or knife holder. Or set them up as tool holders in the garage.