Monday, September 6, 2010

Turn Your Broken Hard Drive Into A Pollock Platter

See the artistic reference in the title? You're right, I didn't think of that.

This was an interesting project that Andrew and I thought of around a year ago or so. 

Basically, we had a hard drive with a dead motherboard that didn't have any information that we needed on it, so we decided to take it apart. Once we hard the platter exposed, we were trying to figure out what we could do with this metal plate spinning at 7,200 rounds per minute. Andrew had some bottles of paint sitting in his floor, so we thought to ourselves, why not drop the paint on it while it's spinning. 


  1. Remove a power supply from an old desktop computer that will be used to provide electricity to the hard drive.
  2. Begin removing the screws from the top and bottom of the hard drive, they should all be torx variety.
  3. You should then be able to take the PCB off of the bottom of the hard drive and then remove the top metal casing which will expose the shiny platter.
  4. You are now ready to connect the hard drive to the power supply and watch as the platter begins to spin.
  5. Take a screwdriver or a hard, metal object and start to create indentations on the platter.
  6. Once the platter looks rigid,  you can then start to drop different colors of paint in very small increments onto the spinning platter to create a nice looking effect.


  1. You spin me right round, baby, right round, like a record baby... cool pics.

    Think you went a little bit overboard on the advertisements? :-P

  2. Funny thing is you could probably sell those for a couple hundred a piece.

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