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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....
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Step 1: Find a candidate.

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Any Hard Drive should do..

Step 2: Dismantle..

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Take the Hard Drive apart...

Step 3: Compare

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Make sure your USB hub will fit, either with the plastic case on, or not...

Step 4: Hub

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For this purpose, I removed the plastic case.

Step 5: Install

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I placed the "nekkid" USB hub into the area where the platter used to be.

Note: I was only placing this temporarily, if I was going to keep this mod permanent, I would glue the hub in either using epoxy or hot glue.

Edit: I forgot to mention, if this was going to be used permanently, I would coat the circuit board with epoxy, just like I do with Flash Drives.

Step 6: Flash Me!

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Now add your Flash Drives, you may have to remove the casing for some to fit well.

Step 7: Button it up.

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Replace the cover to the Hard Drive, and plug in!

Now you will have a "new" Flash Drive that will be sure to get some comments.

Also, there is a way, I haven't done it, but with a certain flavor of Linux, you can install Linux onto all 4 of the Flash drives in a RAID configuration, assuming you have all the same capacities.

Have fun!
shinji2465 years ago
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

thanks for the tut!
If you want to see that, take a look here: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812232002
bštrkalj2 years ago
if you open hard drive air will destroy him ,inside is vacum :)
gmgfarrand (author)  bštrkalj2 years ago
Negative, that information is INCORRECT.
DUST will kill your drive.
We do data recovery on the platters, and we do it on earth, not in a vacuum. ;)
hye i was learned that if u  expose a gard drive to air it wil be dameged! how did u open it and then it worked?
If you open a hard drive outside of a class three clean room, you'll get dust in it, which will cause it to wear out faster. It will still work just fine for quite a while usually though. Opening them up and replacing parts is one method for recovering data off of failing drives.
the drive is already dead
as long as you don't touch the disks, the drive will be just fine. whoever told you about the air damaging the drive if opened simply didn't want you to do it, or forgotten to mention dust particles in the air. have a good one.
dog digger4 years ago
At this step, SAVE THE MAGNETS. THEY ARE EXPENSIVE AND POWERFUL. Save them. they are also very cool and very strong.
Koil_16 years ago
Granted this can be kind of a pain where you sit if you don't have a small enough Torx driver...
my dad just used a saw to turn the torx screws into flat blade screws