Introduction: Computer Secret Compartment

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It all started when I looked for a small motor for another project I started.... (will add a link once it's done), so i started disassembling my old computer's CD drive, then I thought It seemed like a fun project to create a hidden safe inside my old computer.

Step 1: Tools & Materials

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paper clip

hot glue gun

Utility Knife


Old CD Drive

Graphic Cardboard

Hot glue

Step 2: Disassemble

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For me this was the best part, to gut all the electronics out! really enjoyed it...

First, I had to take the CD drive out so I opened the computer side and unscrewed two screws.

Then had to manually open the cd (used a paper clip as shown in the pics).

To remove some of the plastic from the metal case, there are quick release press buttons.

from there is all unscrewing some small screws...

Step 3: Keep the Good Stuff

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After I took the CD apart, I needed to keep the metal box of the CD drive, the front plastic parts, which are the buttons, the volume wheel, and the headset jack

Step 4: Drawer

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Reassembling/Reclaiming Step:

I Started from assembling back the front of the CD to make it look exactly as it was before.

Then I took the CD plate and sealed in to create the bottom of the drawer.

All that left is to create a frame to the drawer, which I create from a Graphic Cardboard.

Hot glued all together and that is it.

Step 5: Install CD Drive

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Took the empty CD metal casing and put it back in its place (two little screws), pushed the CD few millimeters out in order to have a place from the side to grab the sides of the "glued" front.

Step 6: Done!

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If you liked it, don't hesitate to leave a comment or even vote ;)



IM17 (author)2017-11-01

This is great. No one would steal my old desktop computer, since a hock shop wouldn't give them anything for it. Might even put a sticky note on it indicating it has a bad mother board or something similar to make it seem worthless.

lukee1986 (author)2017-10-19

great job using the idea i doubt a computer like this old gets stolen these days so good thinking but i would invest in a magnetic lock or some type of lock still and u can get steel wire to connect to computer then something else for the people who are worried the computers will get stolen

YaronShemesh (author)lukee19862017-10-22

Good idea, will try...


mooshonov (author)2017-10-09

Wow!! I just realized my broken CD-ROM will be perfect for this mission!

Thunderbelly4 (author)2017-09-28

I hate to break it to you, but there is a such thing as computer thieves. When they get to their base, I think they might have just scored a nice penny.

RobR2 (author)Thunderbelly42017-10-08

Anything less then a $3000 gaming rig is safe from a burglary. Those guys want jewellery,money, small antiques, easy stuff to carry and pawn.

You can ever push thieves to steal what you want instead of what they want...
I'm planning to use this great idea in an old-nineties-yellowed computer case under my electronics-related desk (very disorganized) and put something apparently valuable in plain sight. In summary: push them to steal $50 if you are hiding $500

I'm Sure you are right, but hi, safe inside a wall is not "safe" these days... you can look at it as another obstacle in his way...

Anyhow, For me, it was a nice project to build!

Swansong (author)2017-09-26

That's a good hiding spot :)

YaronShemesh (author)Swansong2017-09-30


tomatoskins (author)2017-09-26

This is great! I made something similar a few years back. Your version definitely blends in better! Again, great job!

YaronShemesh (author)tomatoskins2017-09-26

Thanks! loved the push botton you installed, very elegant!

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Bio: Hi, I'm Yaron, A proud father of 2, A software engineer by trade and a creator by DNA. My love for building things started ... More »
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