Using a dead Hard Drive, a 4-port USB hub, and a few Flash Drives, we will kill some time and get a few laughs from anyone seeing you use this.

You guys can see MAKE magazine's rip-off article of my project at:

Thanks for the credit MAKE, I really appreciate it....

Step 1: Find a candidate.

Any Hard Drive should do..
I must say that this comes out very cool, here is mine :P<br />
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so...does anyone know where to get dirt cheap flash drives???<br />
Wal Mart
Walmart does not sell flash drives cheap! Microcenter&nbsp; is way cheaper!
Yes it is!
ya i know u can get em at staples,future shop,best buy,u can even make ur own.
cool, but i wanna try and make my own, how would i go about it?? what do i need?<br />
um, thats what the instructions are for<br />
...this build doesnt mention anthing about makin your own flash drives<br />
you cant make a flash drive <br>
Oh, sorry, I thought you said you wanted to make the USB Hard Drive. To make your own flash drive would be pretty hard. I mean, Its got over 100 pieces that have to be soldered together perfectly on a circuit board. You'd be better off buying one. They're like $10 for a pack of three.<br />
Go to sciplus.com and you can get some incredibly cheap 512MB ones.<br />
512 is as much as my old desktops ram size and it is pretty slow dont go with 512 man.
That's how much RAM my current laptop has... I need an upgrade sometime...
512 wont get you very far with any thing i got a 4gb microsd and other accesories came withit at target
nowdays flash drives are 4gb for 10 so its pretty cheap
Ebay or dealextreme :)
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Staples is offering 4 gig drives this week for $6.95 each
in china :)
<p>You still don't say how to manage this storage ion the PC, to make it appear as a single large device instead of several smaller removable drives...</p>
Make then into spanned or striped raid volume
<p>I want to boost the speed of my laptop while I am at home for gaming, would this be compatible with ready-boost and with different size flash drives? Also, when the drive is plugged into a computer, does it show up in multiple folders or are all of the drives storages combined into one massive drive?</p>
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if you open hard drive air will destroy him ,inside is vacum :)
HDD's are sealed at atmospheric pressure to keep dust out, as that pressure varies, there is a small plastic sticker over a hole that seals the case, but flexes to allow for the pressure change. :)
Did he say &quot;dead harddisk&quot;
you dont need a vacum to run 4 usb drives
Negative, that information is INCORRECT. <br>DUST will kill your drive. <br>We do data recovery on the platters, and we do it on earth, not in a vacuum. ;)
Change Title, it says usb hard drive, must say someting like usb hub case
Over 640,000 views and you are the only one with an issue with the title?<br>No.<br><br>It's not misleading, hence the use of &quot;
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Only 1 problem with this my friend. And that is that your making an ssd because there are no actual moving parts.
This is disappointing as I was expecting to see the actual hard drive being used and converted, however it still makes for a cool looking flash drive :D<br /> <br /> thanks for the tut!<br />
If you want to see that, take a look here:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812232002" rel="nofollow">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812232002</a>
I'd think it would be unwise to ruine a hard drive IF it was still functioning espacially when you can buy a litle housing for them that makes them usb connectable for only 10 or 20 bucks, it's not flash but you probably have more capacity that way
If you do not run a museum, I think that is really wise dismantle an OBSOLETE electronic equipment if you can use it for something cool or useful. I&Acirc;&acute;ve already dismantled an operational cable modem (the cable company provides one for free), DSL router, hand scanner... The only case I would be wrong would be after global nuclear war, when suddenly an old 386 with 40GB HD could become rare and useful again.
Except that after global nuclear war, the EMP would probably render your 386 useless.
I meant to say 40 MB
wa ! It's so cool,回去弄一个!
You, sir, are a legend! Very clever
VERY cool instructable! Now if the LED lights could blink when in use THAT would be awesome. I'll have to check my usb hub to see if it has lights. <br> <br>Kudos for your project!
my laptop dosent work know moar. alls i d0ne is take-out the soft drive
Thanks for sharing this article, its saved me a few bucks. I've been planning on taking it to <a href="http://www.stselectronicrecyclinginc.com/memphis-electronics-recycling" rel="nofollow">computer recycling Memphis</a>. My computer has been giving me problems and I am in need and desperate to fix it. Hopefully this will help a little!

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