Hdd scrap dealers

Who in the North Island are the best to deal with a reasonable volume of DOA hdd's & pay a reasonable amount.
Either stripped or whole hdd's

geek_mrfxit, Apr 4, 5:08 am

You could call computer recyclers in Tauranga if you like, but really you want to be sending the drives to the same place he is, im not sure of the scrap agent, but a truck comes and collects them from him.

geek_nzoomed, Apr 4, 5:34 am

Scrap dealer/ agent is the info.
I have heard wonderful things about prices for stripped hdd's because the general dealers will only pay about .10 cents per kilo whole otherwise

geek_mrfxit, Apr 4, 5:49 am

heatsinks are also good things to put aside for scrap

geek_nzoomed, Apr 4, 6:49 am

Especially if they are solid copper ones.

geek_namtak, Apr 4, 11:02 am

0800 Catman Wellington scrap metal and comp parts

geek_chazboner, Apr 4, 11:02 am

Try your local (or any) Sallies Family Store (or other op shop). Generally comps donated are sent for scrap as they lack the expertise to clean up and resell.
A lot of electronic gear also ends up this way. luddites!

geek_jwlynx, Apr 5, 1:08 am

Powerful magnets in hdd too.

geek_hakatere1, Apr 5, 2:07 pm

Still looking for a scrap merchant that does hdd's at a better price then just mixed scrap.

geek_mrfxit, May 2, 1:47 am

HDD's are mixed scrap, so I guess that's all you'll get unless you are prepared to dismantle and sort into different metals yourself. And if you consider that uneconomical, you've just answered your question as to why there aren't any dealers paying a higher rate for them :-)

geek_d.snell, May 2, 1:52 am


The whole disk is a mess of steel / alloy / copper wire / plastic / weird stuff, all screwed together.

If you strip the disk then the alloy parts sell as "domestic aluminium" along with the heat sinks and beer cans. According to my scales the frame from an average hard drive is 5 - 10 beer cans. Hard to get rich dismantling computers. BUT, it beats paying $10 at the transfer station. Strip it and sell the scrap for one dollar, and you are $11 ahead.

geek_ianab, May 2, 8:25 am

And all this because the original purchase price of these items is artificially low. Ie, the cost price for anything should include the full correct cost of disposal/recycling when it becomes end of life. If it costs $10, or $20 to dismantle an HDD then that should be levied as part of the base price to fund its eventual disposal, then we'd see repairs being more cost-effective.

geek_cookee_nz, Dec 23, 4:14 am