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shumakerscott 02-14-2010 04:36 AM

Get strong magnets for free
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I always am looking for useful things. Here is one of them. There are really strong magnets inside computer hardrives. You can get defective drives for free. Here is how to get them out. I use them on my oil filters and many other little things. These are very strong, don't get your fingers pinched! dorf dude...

oh'mike 02-14-2010 06:26 AM

Handy tip---I thought I was the only one who just has to take things apart to see what inside.HaHa

shumakerscott 02-14-2010 08:26 AM

More magnets
You can get some great tiny magnets from the laser assembly of a CD or DVD player. They work well on oil drain plugs. dorf dude...

jlhaslip 02-14-2010 11:24 AM

good tip. thanks Dorf Dude.

Leah Frances 02-14-2010 06:43 PM

OMG. My neighbor just passed some of these on to me last weekend. :thumbsup: Maybe he got the idea from you. Brian S. on Sycamore are you out there?

One of these is so strong I couldn't peel it off my fridge. Had to slide it over to the side so I could lever it off.:laughing:

AllanJ 02-18-2010 03:48 PM

Do not bang the magnet to get it off the metal plate. Otherwise you will weaken the magnet significatnly.

Disney hints:

Scuba_Dave 02-18-2010 04:07 PM

We have always taken HD's apart for years & saved the magnets
Glue a piece of felt over the magnet for use on a fridge or if any dirt gets under it you will scratch it

shumakerscott 02-18-2010 10:57 PM


Originally Posted by AllanJ (Post 402228)
Do not bang the magnet to get it off the metal plate. Otherwise you will weaken the magnet significatnly.

Disney hints:

That is why I mount it in a vise and bend it with a pair of pliers. I guess I should have mentioned that. The picture doesn't show exactly whats going on. dorf dude...

DangerMouse 02-19-2010 06:38 AM

Hard drives have magnets? Whodathunkit?



TANC 02-23-2010 08:26 PM

Sometimes not a bad idea to leave the metal backing plate on, you sometimes need them to use to pry them off of things (or eachother).

Red Squirrel 03-03-2010 11:25 PM

Those are fun to play with. They can hurt when they pinch you though!

Would be cool to gather enough of the same size and build an alternator. Bet it would work well too.

welloff 03-22-2010 01:52 PM

There is 2 nice ones in the mag. of a microwave oven.

shumakerscott 03-22-2010 02:02 PM

I didn't know that, thanks for the tip. dorf dude...

DangerMouse 03-22-2010 02:14 PM

I'd be careful poking around in microwaves if you don't know what you're doing....


drtbk4ever 03-22-2010 02:55 PM

Darn, I was looking for a couple of nice magnets to help keep our wood screen door closed at the cabin. And guess what I just destroyed and recycled, the hard drive from two old computers. Doh.

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