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 Post subject: Laptop dvd drives
PostPosted: Sat Nov 23, 2019 3:57 pm 

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Is there anything to practically do with these or just toss in shred?


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 Post subject: Re: Laptop dvd drives
PostPosted: Sat Nov 23, 2019 5:18 pm 
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Depends:
Always pull the controller. Obviously.
Beyond that you’ll get a small head board with the optical sensors. Peripheral or low telco. One or two low or mid boards.
Steel and stainless. Plastic.
It’s the case that decides for me. If the case/tray is magnesium, aluminium, or manganese: I strip the drive. If it’s steel, it’s shred to me.

The large old cd/dvd drives I usually strip just because they weigh a few pounds and make it worthwhile for the relatively quick dissection.

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 Post subject: Re: Laptop dvd drives
PostPosted: Fri Aug 14, 2020 11:49 am 

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I just got like 50 of these...while they don’t take long to break down I don’t see this making any sense because the controller boards are so tiny and weigh next to nothing. Am I wrong?

(Not looking for the “what is your time worth” schpeel haha I just don’t see how, generally, practically, these might be worth breaking down)


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 Post subject: Re: Laptop dvd drives
PostPosted: Fri Aug 14, 2020 1:29 pm 
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Merkman wrote:
(Not looking for the “what is your time worth” schpeel haha I just don’t see how, generally, practically, these might be worth breaking down)

For most. No.
If you recycle a lot the ease of literally breaking them open with a 2” screw driver and a nail and screw trimmer makes controller extraction quick and simple.
Doing it “correctly” takes a few minutes
Going horror film on it takes seconds for most drives.
Stab stab stab cut pull pop.

Stab the three longest sides along the edge half way between the corners.
Cut vertically on the longest side, through the case, components whatever
Pull the shell (use gloves or grips) open sardine can style.
Line up your driver under the middle screw under the board and pop.
$0.60 per minute is $36 per hour. Not bad in my book.

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 Post subject: Re: Laptop dvd drives
PostPosted: Fri Aug 14, 2020 2:00 pm 

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Hourly, no. But it’s less than $10 in scrap to process 50 of these...I don’t think I’d mess with breaking down 50 of anything for $10 lol

in the shred pile they go!


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