Well, I've wanted to do one for a long time, but couldn't come up with a good case. I looked around my office, and found nothing worthy. Then I started to think about the basement. My tote filled with useless computer parts that the geek in me won't let go of. Then it hit me.
I HAVE AN OLD CUECAT! And the 1 Gig CueCat was born.
Step 1: Gather Your Parts
I also used some of the following things that are not pictured:
-- Leatherman--you'll see him later
-- hot glue gun
-- modeling glue
-- various small screwdrivers
Step 2: Disassmebly: CueCat
You may find that you have to get a small flat head screwdriver and gently pry it apart, or you may be able to take it apart with your hands.
When you open it up, you'll see that the "tail" is attached to the circuit board, and has to be cut. Once cut, the cord would not slip out. I decided I wanted to have the butt plug in place on the finished product, so I needed to get this out. A little pulling, and it broke out.
I lucked out big time, too. I thought I was going to have to gut it completely, and find a way to mount the flash drive in there. Turns out it comes with a little black box up front that worked really well as a mount/encasement for the drive. More on that later.
Step 3: Disassmebly: CueCat Part 2
I pried and pried, and finally got the circuit board off and the LEDs out.
Step 4: Disassmebly: the Drive
This drive was really easy to take apart. In the picture you can already see the metal colored plastic ring pried off. Just a small flat head and a little bit of effort...
Then turn the screwdriver to the seam, and it comes open easily too. No glue.
The drive itself is actually hot glued down to the case. This surprised me, and worried me. How am I going to get this out. Just a little bending of the plastic case, and it came right off.
I found out later that this drive runs HOT! So hot, that if I had plugged it in as you see it here, the glue would have melted, and the case would have fallen off. I actually left it plugged in, without accessing any files, and let the heat melt the glue that was left to wipe it off. It was too hot to touch.
I checked with another drive I have that I can disassemble, and it doesn't run hot like this at all. This thing is CHEAP. But, what can you expect for free, right?
Step 5: The Planning: the Black Box
Well, as you can see, the opening at the front of the black box was not as big as the USB connector. So, I had to trim. An Xacto knife worked really well at taking out unneeded and unwanted plastic. What I couldn't do with that, I did with my Leatherman.
Now, remember, you have to do about a half USB height on each side of the box, and you want it centered, so just be careful.
Step 6: The Planning: the Cat's Mouth
In the first picture below, which I did just for you guys, I'm showing how the drive is too wide for the cat's mouth.
I took the box apart, took the drive out, put the box back together, and then put it back in the cat. This allowed me to size up the mouth.
Next I carefully cut away the plastic, a little at a time, until the drive fit just the way I wanted it. It's not perfect, but it's good.
Step 7: Testing the Fit
That didn't work.
So, I tried some epoxy. That didn't work either.
I really didn't want to use hot glue because of the concerns sited earlier, but I had no choice. I ended up putting a little bit of hot glue on the circuit board to help secure it in place. I didn't cover any electronics. I figured that would melt it.
Step 8: Can't See the Light
I also found that the cat's skull was a little thick. (Maybe that's why this thing never took off?) I shaved it down a little from the inside, thinning out the plastic so you could see the light.