Introduction: Adding Hard Drive Space to Your Laptop

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I'm sure that many of your laptops are full or nearly full and would like an easy way to add more hard drive space to your computer. I used to keep a USB drive at home for backups until recently, when I was forced to transfer over all of my music because my laptop's hard drive was full. This is when I decided to velcro my USB drive to the top of my laptop so I could travel without having to worry about a dangling hard drive.

Step 1: Materials

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+USB drive
+Velcro tape with adhesive backing

Step 2: Cut and Affix the Adhesive Strips

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1. Cut 2 strips of equal length from both the rough and soft velcro strips.

2. Stick 2 of the strips on the USB drive and the other 2 on the top of the laptop where you want the drive to be located.

(I found that it was best to have the USB drive on the bottom middle of the laptop so that the weight of the drive would not shake the screen. I also chose to affix the rough velcro to the USB drive but this is just personal preference.)

Step 3: Tidy Up the Cord

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Once the drive is in place, cut a small section of velcro and stick it near the edge of the laptop in order to clear up the extra cord.

Step 4: Final Product

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Now you can travel with your laptop without fiddling around with USB drives.


chameell (author)2016-08-31

made mine last year and it is much commented on (positively!) and admired...thank you - a great idea indeed.

collard41 (author)2008-09-26

that isnt really an instructable, anyone with common sense could think of it.

bleachworthy (author)collard412008-10-03

Not me, I have an IQ equivalent to that of the 3M Velcro pads featured. Great idea!

GreenDay (author)bleachworthy2008-12-26

You have an IQ equivalent to Velcro? That's not something I'd admit to...

deathtomayo (author)GreenDay2015-11-16

You would if you had an IQ equivalent to Velcro.

zomfibame (author)GreenDay2009-02-20

ehh, Velcro is not the dumbest thing I've come in contact with.... then again I do work in retail; so I come in contact with all sorts of dumb, all day long. I will give you that most people are basically smart and nice, but every day I deal with at least one or two who prolly' wish they were as smart as Velcro. ... So, I give Much respect to all the people as smart as Velcro.

I LOL'ed

It is. Some of the stuff on here features nearly impossible things and explains them, while others simply provide cool ideas. This is one of those ideas.

Call it what you want, I'm just trying to get the idea out there.

deathtomayo (author)2015-11-16

I had to comment that I appreciated the UCB sticker.

FletchINKy (author)2013-10-17

I chuckled when I saw the pic, but it has a sort of steampunk-y charm... I like it.

byovic (author)2011-10-28

I went ballistic on my g4, soldered in a usb hub, added bluetooth dongle, wireless mouse dongle and after i removed my optical drive installed a 500gb external in its place. My leopard installation files were backed up and bootable from the internal hd with a modded version of leopard to stop the minimum requirements. All in all after everything i still could not watch a single youtube video. FML

kbhasi (author)byovic2011-11-14

did you try mactubes

MrLouque (author)2011-01-17

I just made this, but didn't include the sweet cable holder, I didn't have enough Velcro left over. Love the ible, just what I was looking for.

cad97 (author)2010-11-05

Better then my idea of taping to the bottom, lol.

sanity (author)2008-10-04

Man this is great, really...... a variation of this could be, 1) Run a long USB extension cable into your pants. 2) Velcro the usb HDD around your ankle. 3) Impress your friends when you pull a usb cable our through your zipper, and instantly give them the software, music and video they so desire. When done. 4) spool the usb cable up into your pants and do up the zipper.

lebanezerscrooge (author)sanity2008-10-04

Cool! And then you could velcro your laptop to your chest for when you enter a wifi area.

no better you build some of those wifi antenas and tape it to the back so its parabolic angle is over your head , now that would be epic and enter running to the airport shouting yihad!

burwuro (author)phant0m_sp00f3ra2008-12-29

They would make YOU go through the Xray machine lol sir other than that dish on your head and that laptop do you have any metal on you? uhhh in my pants...... please take it out *ziperr goes down* DEAR GOD

inforussle (author)burwuro2010-10-30

I can strangely imagine that happening

Awesome... absolutely Awesome!

zomfibame (author)sanity2009-02-20

Haaaaa, haaaaa; that is a great idea.

mfayyaz (author)2010-02-07

I was thinking for the same solution, great idea I must say.


f1dd13r (author)2009-12-08

Good idea, I 'm going to do this. My external Hdrive is much bigger than the internal one and will boot without the internal one in there but I got put off by having always to have it all seperate. Not anymore though!

arvindhimalayan (author)2009-08-29

what is this

roboman01 (author)2008-12-30

Is that an iBook G4?


tinkerC (author)lebanezerscrooge2009-02-22

It's a 60 GB drive?

tinkerC (author)tinkerC2009-02-22

The external one.

lebanezerscrooge (author)tinkerC2009-02-22


tinkerC (author)lebanezerscrooge2009-02-22

What about the internal?

lebanezerscrooge (author)tinkerC2009-02-22


johnson_steve (author)2008-09-17

Do you have any Supercool?

Yeah man, and I got an extra ticket to see the Titte Brothers if you're interested.

I thought they broke up. I love that show I just got season 3.

RugbySteve (author)2008-09-18

That is such a freaking good idea!! I may have to do that now.

Scammah (author)2008-09-17

Although not very pretty... It's a pretty good idea.

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