Question The inside of the hdd has black powder in it by the platters

clutchc

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You opened the drive's case? If there is powder in the drive and on the platters, it is probably something wearing and leaving residue behind. I doubt it will be harmful to you unless you ingest it. But the read/write heads are probably shot now.
 
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You opened the drive's case? If there is powder in the drive and on the platters, it is probably something wearing and leaving residue behind. I doubt it will be harmful to you unless you ingest it. But the read/write heads are probably shot now.
Likely ground down from a head failure.

Do not go around sniffing this stuff.
What are the side effects from this powder? It’s not like abestos? Becuase when I hit the hard drive with a hammer, it started smelling for a few seconds
 
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I don’t have a headache, or respiratory breathing problems so far. It’s been a few hours so far. So I guess I’m ok for the time being? Also I’m disposing if the hard drives by wrapping them in plastic wrap, don’t know where I’ll go from here
 

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