Introduction: Broken Hard Drive Safe.

Have an old hard drive sitting around?
Here is an 'ible to make a safe out of it!!!

Step 1: Materials!!! *what Else?*

1. old broken hard drive
2. money or valuables
3. A drill or screwdriver with a hex bit *i think that's what it's called
4. a hard drive case
5. A hard drive case key.
6. assorted pliers and flat blade screw drivers for pulling things out

Step 2: Screwy Time !

I'll show you all of the places where you need to unscrew......back and front

after all of the unscrewing, take the faceplate and micro chip off


Step 3:

Ok....after taking out all of the screws, rip out the insides...but be careful of the magnets...they are dangerous.

Step 4: Fun Time.

after ripping out all of the components, you should have a mostly empty casing. ready one of the screws from the faceplate

put it in one of the holes and tighten to make a kind of swivel door
then put your cash in

Step 5: Hiding Time!!! *shhhhh

ok now put your hard drive safe into the case and lock it into your computer with the key


thanks for trying this 'ible ...

By bobert 610

r8t high pls


barneydwyer made it!(author)2011-02-25

I'm envious... I WANT YOUR COMPUTER!!!

bobert610 made it!(author)2011-02-26

hehehe this was about a year i have a 2,3 gghz quadcore AMD phenom x2 with 8 gig FAtaLity gaming ram, and a radeon HD 4800 video card :)

barneydwyer made it!(author)2011-03-16

8 gig ram... -_-... my computer has about 1gig...

bobert610 made it!(author)2011-03-17

hahahaha you can get some really cheap from COMPUSA or Fry's online

snowluck2345 made it!(author)2011-04-01

mine is better :)

bobert610 made it!(author)2011-04-02

What are your specs?

snowluck2345 made it!(author)2011-04-02

2xcore2quad 3.0ghz, 10gb ram, 5870, 2.5tb hd

bobert610 made it!(author)2011-04-02


account3r2 made it!(author)2012-04-11

I need an upgrade; 1 core 1.4GHz 512MB RAM 60GB HDD Windows XP Professional SP3 but that's my laptop that is a bit old (11 years)...Dell Latitude D600.

snowluck2345 made it!(author)2012-04-11

5tbs of hard \drive now.

Dr+Qui made it!(author)2011-02-26

I did this a number of years ago but only used the caddy as it allows you to store more stuff.

I had 2 of these caddy's from some Toshiba machines that did not do to well with them installed, I had one mounted in a disused bay on my PC and one screwed to the underside of the bench that was just within reach when sitting at the bench but could not be seen unless you where crawling under the bench.

Only problem is if the PC gets stolen so does your stash.

bobert610 made it!(author)2010-03-11

 2,000 views!!?!?! geez thanx guys!

coolman35 made it!(author)2010-02-14

kewl i hav that xact type of hard drive from an old dell desktop lolz

Suggens made it!(author)2010-01-18

Hey. I decided to do this, and I found when the "swivel screw" (the one on the edge which holds the front case to the rest of the empty hardrive) was on the outside, like you have it, the front case kind of popped off, and didn't look that convincing. So instead I made the "Swivel screw" the one where the hidden screw was, (the one that is where the circle is in the bottom-middle of the front case). It keeps the front casing closer to the rest of the empty hardrive, so things are less likely to fall out, as well as it looking more convincing. Unfortunately it makes less room when you open it up, so you have to slide stuff in instead of just placing there (unless you've folded it down some).

I used an old 80g Maxtor from a Tivo that got fried, which looks much like your HDD.

bobert610 made it!(author)2010-01-19

 interesting idea

Suggens made it!(author)2010-01-18

Oh, and here is the instructable Rhinowi was referring to:

bobert610 made it!(author)2009-09-18

over 1000 views! woooow!!! thx everyone!

LetsExplodeSomething made it!(author)2009-07-20

congrats on steal another guy's ible!

bobert610 made it!(author)2009-07-21

?..what other ible? serious? if someone already did this, sry man

Bridel568 made it!(author)2009-07-12

instead of putting it back into the computer just put the hard drive(aka safe) next to the computer and maybe write on it in sharpie "BROKEN" and a robber wouldn't think to take it. Why cause it's Broken!

bobert610 made it!(author)2009-07-12

i never thought of that!

setsunafseiei made it!(author)2009-07-10

Hey, this project ain't much, but it does provide a good hiding place in the open. Just make sure you remember to remove your "safe" before recycling your computer in the future. Props to you man~

bobert610 made it!(author)2009-07-10

haha lol yea thnx

ac1D made it!(author)2009-07-09

yeah it's a safe.. but think about it. You steal a house, and there is a sweet hard drive in a room. What do you do?

bobert610 made it!(author)2009-07-09

well yes there is the whole problem about if you steal a computer, you steal money....but this is just for a good hiding place from the non-robber people. thanx!

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