What Are Hard Drives & Can You Scrap Them?

scrap hard drive boards

Does memory in a computer actually store memory…no it does not, but we will talk about that another day. Today, we will talk about where the storage is on a computer, the hard drive. Hard drives are essential for all computers to operate at all. With all modern computer software, you need a large section of the hard drive dedicated to your computer’s operating system.

What Is A Hard Drive?

Now let’s go into the fun parts about the hard drive…the scrap. On the outside of a hard drive, there is a very valuable circuit board that is also difficult to remove. One thing that you need to know about hard drive boards is that they are worth more than most normal Motherboards due to the high demand that is placed on the inside of the computers. The boards on the Hard Drives are difficult to remove because they are normally attached with different screws than your normal Philips head of flathead screw. They have star patterns and other specialty patterns that make them difficult to remove.

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What Is Inside A Hard Drive?

Inside the hard drive are many metals, including steel, aluminum, and often times alnico magnets. Many of the magnets inside nowadays are neodymium magnets that are attached to a steel plate. The magnets inside the hard drive are used to help rotate the disks inside the hard drive to read the data stored on them. Understanding how they work is complex, but you can use those magnets for scrap purposes or take them to a scrap yard and sell them. Hope this helps out!

How Much Are Scrap Hard Drives Worth?

Be sure when you have computer towers, you may want to grab those hard drives before you scrap the whole unit. Sometimes, you can find that you don’t have to take apart your computer towers, but grabbing those hard drives out can pay off. The price of scrap hard drives can vary from $0.40-0.75/lb. and the hard drive boards can range around $2.00-3.00/lb. It can pay off big dividends if you separate them from your computers.