Introduction: Geek Bling

Picture of Geek Bling

I already made this a while ago, so no disassembly pictures.
I had a 4gb "flash" drive a while back and like most small things, I lost it. It was several months before it was found under some couch cushions, needless to say it wouldn't work. I pondered what to do with it for a while, and then an idea struck me, be gangster.

Step 1: Cracking

Picture of Cracking

Needed: pliars, a thin and stiff blade of some sort, small scissors, a drill, a small drill bit, and small phillips/torx bits

First, take the ill-fated drive apart as gently as you can, easing the plastic open slowly untill the case starts to really pop off. Now take the drive out gently (you dont want a dented drive) cut all data and power attachments on the drive as close to the drive as you can. Now you take the screwdriver of choice and remove all visible and hidden screws.

Step 2: Blingification

Picture of Blingification

Once you have the drives guts exposed, the fun can begin. look for the best place to drill a small hole to stick a jumper ring in or a necklace chain through. Drill the hole and test fit your chain.

If all went well, you now have some extrodinarily geeky bling you can show off to your nerd buddies or give as a geeky gift. Have fun!


mayan guitarist (author)2010-03-14

What exactly did you salvage that from. Im looking to make one and i dont know what i should break.

I got it from an older "flash" drive, it wasn't actually flash based obviously. You might try some larger and/or older Ipods, they have the potential for drives due to the sheer size.

zack247 (author)The Ideanator2010-11-12

what? that was a "flash" drive? i thought maybe it was from an ipod, almost all of the ipods have "microdrives" even the new ipod touches, i thought that is what that was from...

The Ideanator (author)zack2472010-11-12

Nope. I have never opened one up or actually owned an one. and I have very little contact with em anyway.

[Insert my name here] (author)2010-07-15

You took the magnets out, right?

No, its difficult doing much of anything at that size, and they would be too small to do much with anyway.

Awesome, thanks. I just bought 12 ipod hard drives on ebay :) Those will work, right?

Theoretically they should, they are tiny. Are you going to sell them?

pmn9393 (author)2010-04-18

I really would like to know what kind of "flash" drive that was, because i have some ideas like this that would be awesome.

The Ideanator (author)pmn93932010-04-29

Midgetable knows where to get some, I however, haven't found any but that one.

ndinitz (author)2010-04-29

 This is really cool!

you should take a look at my RAM module Key Fob Here.

The Ideanator (author)ndinitz2010-04-29

A shameless ploy on your part to get a view, I like it. I saw your ible a while back and have been wanting to do it(Ive got bags of ram laying around just begging for recycling)

Midgetable (author)2010-03-31

OMG ive been looking for days ive finnaly found them, theres a 1.8 inch version in every ipod! saw 1 at the hock shop today im gonna buy it tomorrow and smash it to bits....i mean carfully disassemble it. keep an eye out for the instructable! thanks for the inspiration Ideanator ill be sure to give you a mention as the forefather of geek bling. ohh a steampunk version would be sooo cool! cheers midget-able

XOIIO (author)2010-03-13

Not bad, but why did you say "do not dissasembly pictures"?

Midgetable (author)XOIIO2010-03-31

i pretty sure "I already made this a while ago, do no disassembly pictures" is supposed to say.... I already made this a while ago, SO no disassembly pictures!

The Ideanator (author)XOIIO2010-03-14

I said that because this was made a long time before the contest and i didn't take pictures while making it.

Midgetable (author)2010-03-17

can you make it spin? if you could make it spin, cover the disk in diamontes, i think youd be onto a winner  "fo' shizzle ma' nizzle"

The Ideanator (author)Midgetable2010-03-17

It wouldn't be too difficult to do that, but for that I'd use a laptop hard drive because its slightly bigger and could hold batteries pretty easily and hold more diamonds/cut glass.

 you couldn't find a spot to hot glue a coin cell battery or something! cuz damn that would be epic if it spun.

polothree (author)Midgetable2010-03-29

 Spin it with a little power by wiring in a small solar cell directly.

The Ideanator (author)Midgetable2010-03-17

Hell, I think I might have one handy.

bassclarinet23 (author)2010-03-13

He gangster. :) I like it!

Geekster is prefered. Gangsta is frowned upon, gangster is fine in some situations.

I'm quoting him..."and then an idea struck me, be gangster."

Lavisival (author)bassclarinet232010-03-17


metal-matt (author)2010-03-13

that thing looks MIGHTY SMALL...
is it smaller than this?
i wonder if its one of them, or a copy of it :D

The Ideanator (author)metal-matt2010-03-15

It is small, actually it is THAT small, now if I were to take a notebook HDD and blingify it (maybe add a POV display and get the platter spinning), it really would compare to some of the more famous bling out there.

craig3 (author)2010-03-13

How do you think it would look if you polished the disc and filed it with resin? better or worse? I'm, thinking about doing this myself but wondering about the resin to make it last longer and look shinier

The Ideanator (author)craig32010-03-14

First, that disk is super shiney and clean when you open it up. Second, arent alot of resins slightly off color? Personally i might go with a piece of thin plexiglass cut to fit and *maybe* a battery pack on the back going to the platter motor. the resin might be a good idea though, if done right.

The 4th Doctor (author)2010-03-14

featured, noice its got my vote

Yay! Thanks Doc.

revelae (author)2010-03-09

So it's like a mini HDD?

The Ideanator (author)revelae2010-03-10

Yep, I thought it was actually flash based until I opened it up.

revelae (author)The Ideanator2010-03-10

Huh. I've never heard of them being used that small outside of Ipods.

CalcProgrammer1 (author)revelae2010-03-14

It's called a "Microdrive", they used to be pretty common, it's a small HDD built inside of a case the size of a CF card and they could be used instead of a CF in most applications, but the max size they ever made was like 4-6GB and now flash memory has gotten to the point where it can be made smaller so they stopped making microdrives.

It was a 4Gb drive actually.

rko167% (author)2010-03-13

geek bling is a crazy name , how about  SMART BLING!!!!!!!!!!

eulaliaaaa! (author)2010-03-13


Sunbanks (author)2010-03-11

Oooh I want one! 

About This Instructable




More by The Ideanator:Diffusion pump(Almost)Bulletproof TI-84 ScreenMaking a curved snow ramp
Add instructable to: