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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.

What exactly did you salvage that from. Im looking to make one and i dont know what i should break.
The Ideanator (author)  mayan guitarist5 years ago
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.
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)  zack2474 years ago
Nope. I have never opened one up or actually owned an one. and I have very little contact with em anyway.
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?
farfeduc5 years ago
pmn93935 years ago
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)  pmn93935 years ago
Midgetable knows where to get some, I however, haven't found any but that one.
ndinitz5 years ago
 This is really cool!

you should take a look at my RAM module Key Fob Here.
The Ideanator (author)  ndinitz5 years ago
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)
Midgetable5 years ago
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
XOIIO5 years ago
Not bad, but why did you say "do not dissasembly pictures"?
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)  XOIIO5 years ago
I said that because this was made a long time before the contest and i didn't take pictures while making it.
Midgetable5 years ago
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)  Midgetable5 years ago
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.
 Spin it with a little power by wiring in a small solar cell directly.
The Ideanator (author)  Midgetable5 years ago
Hell, I think I might have one handy.
He he...be 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."
metal-matt5 years ago
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-matt5 years ago
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.
craig35 years ago
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)  craig35 years ago
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.
featured, noice its got my vote
The Ideanator (author)  The 4th Doctor5 years ago
Yay! Thanks Doc.
revelae5 years ago
So it's like a mini HDD?
The Ideanator (author)  revelae5 years ago
Yep, I thought it was actually flash based until I opened it up.
Huh. I've never heard of them being used that small outside of Ipods.
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.
The Ideanator (author)  CalcProgrammer15 years ago
It was a 4Gb drive actually.
rko167%5 years ago
geek bling is a crazy name , how about  SMART BLING!!!!!!!!!!
eulaliaaaa!5 years ago
Sunbanks5 years ago
Oooh I want one!