Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/189216/are-old-hard-drives-safe-to-take-apart/
Taking the occasional piece of old hardware apart can be fun and educational at the same time, but should you be worried that the hardware in question may contain hazardous materials? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answers to a worried reader’s question.
Disassembled HDDs make great office decorations!
Wow...lead poisoning? Really?
Shoot, I've used lead/tin solder since the early 70's....still use it
when possible because it sure beats the heck out of the crap they have
available today. The lead was added long before I remember, to reduce
the likelihood of tin whiskers forming between circuits. If you look up the
term tin whiskers, you'll see it's becoming a huge problem in modern
I heartily recommend pulling apart HDDs because the permanent magnets in them are the best ones that you can get your hands on.
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