Are you annoyed by the wandering USB hub on your desk that easily moves? Would you like some extra space to store your videos, pictures and documents but don't like the look of those external hard drives?
You can create your own, one of a kind, fancy looking external hard drive with USB hub.
The USB hub has its own power supply so you can keep charging your USB devices when the computer is turned off.

This project even holds a little extra: a secret storage space activated by a hidden magnet.


The cost was around 5 dollar because I only had to buy a few small components (resistors, LED's, switch and felt pads).

If you have to buy every part the cost will be considerably more!

For conversion to inch visit: http://www.linuxfocus.org/~guido/javascript/cm-inch-conversion.html

Step 1: Materials and Tools


  • Internal hard drive (old or new, I salvaged mine from an old computer)
  • USB hub with own adapter (adapter is not essential)
  • USB flash drive
  • 3 USB cables
  • Serial ata to USB converter with own power supply
  • An old ore broken adapter
  • Two LED's any color you want I used a blue and a white one 
  • Resistors 2x 75 ohm
  • Switch
  • Reed switch
  • Magnet
  • Wooden board (I used oak)
  • Felt pads
  • Power jack


  • Jig saw
  • Drill
  • Drill bit 6, 7, 8, 20 and 30 mm
  • Solder
  • Solder iron
  • Shrink wire
  • Electrical tape
  • Wood wax
  • Wood glue
  • Super glue
<p>Excellent :) </p>
<p>ncie i like it</p>
<p>my question is how cool does the drive stay encased in wood wood can hold in heat that would be my only concern going with wood case im thinking about adapting it to where i can include an bluetooth transmitter and have everything going thru one usb cable the hub the drive and the bluetooth </p>
<p>This is really cool!</p>
Very cool!
I must say that I like you project very, very much.<br> <br> I'm probably going to do this myself - I might even try to fit 2 HDD disks that I have laying arround in there. My only question is: where did you get the sata to usb converter? I found a lot of simmilar items but none with it's own power supply. I've thought of other ways to power the disks but none of them are as easy/small as yours...<br> <br> Kind regards,<br> <br> Niels
the best that ever i sy
But it will always be sensitive to small bumps<br>
If you mean the box: No, oak is really hard so it will not be really sensitive to small bumps. <br> <br> If you mean the hard drive: Not more than a commercial hard drive.
Totally awesome!!!!!
When I read about the &quot;secret storage space activated by a hidden magnet.&quot;, I shook my head. After reading the instructable I realize it's safe. But I know people who have actually tried turning a harddrive on with some serious magnets. And then they wonder why it breaks. Humanity scares me -_-<br><br>Nice project. I'll be doing all of this with my harddrive I was about to scrap ;)
Maybe a Speaker or two can be inside too. I dont think Magnets from speakers damage HDD.
Awesome 'ible!!!! Adding this to the &quot;to-do&quot; list for sure. Love the detail and all the pics.

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