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Source: Dismantling Guide for IT Equipment, which was elaborated within the SRI project and financially supported by SECO and UNIDO, June 2015

World Resources Forum (WRF)

Mathias Schluep, St. Gallen / Switzerland

Dismantling and Recycling Centre (DRZ)

Markus Spitzbart, Vienna / Austria

Institute for Materials Science & Technology (Empa)

Fabian Blaser, St. Gallen / Switzerland

Health and Safety

Dismantling a floppy disk drive doesn’t include any harmful steps nor does the floppy disk drive contain any hazardous materials. Nonetheless workers should wear personal protection equipment like gloves, goggles, apron and robust shoes.

  1. Open and remove the bottom and top cover (unscrew/pry open). It might be necessary to remove a small PWB to do so. Put the covers to the concerning material fraction.
    • Open and remove the bottom and top cover (unscrew/pry open). It might be necessary to remove a small PWB to do so. Put the covers to the concerning material fraction.

    • Two types of FDD casings exists: plastic or aluminium casings.

  2. Unscrew  the  PWB cover and unscrew/remove the main PWB.
    • Unscrew the PWB cover and unscrew/remove the main PWB.

  3. Separate the remaining materials  and components, amongst others the back cover, the motor, the floppy disk reader, the  metal  frame,  etc.  Assign  them  to  the correct  material  fraction  (e.g.  aluminium, copper, ferrous metals, plastic, further PWBs, etc.). Make  sure  the  plastic  parts  are  completely free of metal pieces.
    • Separate the remaining materials and components, amongst others the back cover, the motor, the floppy disk reader, the metal frame, etc. Assign them to the correct material fraction (e.g. aluminium, copper, ferrous metals, plastic, further PWBs, etc.).

    • Make sure the plastic parts are completely free of metal pieces.

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