Make a wind chime with the platters. If there are at least 3 platters in the drive you could make a small wind chime. Just string them up, hang them on a small piece of wood or something and you could put it outside or you could hang it in the office. Hacked Gadgets also has a top 5 list of things to do with an old hard drive, one of their suggestions is a wind chime.
Make a belt buckle out of one of the platters. If a belt buckle isn’t for you, you could also possibly get a baseball cap and somehow attach the platter where a logo would go, but those platters are a bit heavier than fabric, but it’s always a suggestion.
You could then take the leftover case of the drive, and make a small storage box. Just gut the drive and put some hinges on it. You could put small treats for Wicket and Pixie or candy for you in it and keep the box in the desk.
You could harvest the magnets that are in the drive and put them on the fridge. High tech fridge magnet to hold the shopping list for the win.
You could also possibly find someone or a company that may inscribe your “Chris Logo” onto a platter and you could possibly install/mount it on your desk. And this leads into the next suggestion…
Take the platters and make a wall hanging. With one platter per hanging you could make something like platinum records. If you can scrounge up a second or third dead hard drive you could use all the platters to make a hard drive mirror. It’ll look geeky, and it’ll be a great conversation piece for visitors. Hey, Chris, what’s this and where did you get it? It’s a hard drive mirror. A little art project I did after the drive in my MacBook Pro’s hard drive died. Or you could just take the platters and use them to frame a picture of yourself, Ponzi, and the kids (Wicket/Pixie). The possibilities in this category are rather endless.
You could gut the case and turn it into portable flash hard drive… Okay, with the set up they show here, it would be four drives showing up when you plug it in, but still a neat little idea, and with the price of USB flash drives constantly going down you could put four 16 GB drives in there and basically have a 64 GB backup drive. You could also just turn the drive into a USB hub with a little slicing and ingenuity, you could have a fancy enclosure for a 4-port USB hub.
Another project, take the platters, get some kind sticky rubber feet for the bottom, maybe even wrap the platter with yarn or fabric, and make a coaster. You don’t want nasty rings to devlop on the desk, oh no.
And if you want to be less creative, and totally destructive, you could just take a hammer to the drive, but that’s not nearly as much fun, really it isn’t.
And finally, something to try if you want one last go at getting anything off the drive before you call it quits. It might work in Leopard…
And one last idea that came to me a few minutes ago, if you do go the destructive route, take the platters out, paint the platters with different colored semi-transparent paints, smash them up into little bits and then stick them down on some paper or canvas that you’ve applied some adhesive or glue to, frame it, then either hang it in the office or sell it on eBay for five thousand dollars. It kinda goes back to the wall art idea from earlier.