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By George Keesenger ·
Would it hurt to take the covering off of a hard drive for a day. I wont be running the hard drive. I just want to take it off and paint it so it matches the rest of my computer. I wasnt sure if it would hurt it to be exposed for a day or if it would be ok. Also I wondered if it would hurt to make a new cover out of plexiglass so that i would be able to watch it spin. Any help would be appreciated.

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by dmiles In reply to Hard Drive Case

There would be no problem with taking the case off that could cause damage.
Inserting in a plexiglass may bring up some concern about heating.
Mind if I ask why you would want to paint the casing it will draw dust and heat and you never see the case?

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by estebandelatorre In reply to Hard Drive Case

I recommend you not to remove the HD cover. Not only you can loose warranties, but a pice of dust may get into the hd an it can damage the unit. Worst, humidity and grasitud may deposit over the surfaces shortening it's life.
Of course you can paint it, but without removing the cover. (Be carefull with the pin connector)
But, if the HD is an old one unit, just said, 1GB ide HD, go ahead, place a plexiglass and enjoy!!!, if the disk get damaged, you wont loose too much!

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by ex-t-c In reply to Hard Drive Case

You cannot take a cover off a hard drive. I honestly didn't think anything could happen from this, but taking the cover off will indeed make your hard drive inoperable. If you really want to paint it, I'd use some model paint and a brush.

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by SystemBoard In reply to Hard Drive Case

i would not reccomend using the plexiglass but painting it would be ok to do the painting i would reccomend using model paint or if you have spray paing just spray it into a small cup or something and use a brush to brush it on be careful of the pins for the cables and becareful not to get paint on anything but the case the plexiglass would cause issues with heat and could melt to the hard drive

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by Tocolote In reply to Hard Drive Case

Yes, it will hurt the hard drive.

Hard drives are built in super-clean rooms so dust won't get on the platter(s). Example: If the distance from the platter to the read/write head was 1/4" the size of a smoke particle would be 1/2". If anythinggets on the platter you might as well throw it away.

They spin too fast for you to notice anything anyway, so the plexiglass cover is useless. Write one of the drive manufacturers and tell them what you want. In the old days you could watch thebig removeable drives.

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