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Geek - Credit card/Business card holder from old laptop hard drive.

Picture of Geek - Credit card/Business card holder from old laptop hard drive.
A geek-ed up business / credit card holder.
I came up with this crazy idea when my laptop hard drive died and was basically rendered useless. I have included the completed images here.




 
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Step 1: What you will need.

What you will need is the following.
1 x Old laptop hard drive - preferably not one that has any important data on it.
Gaffa tape or any black tape will do.
1  x Balsa wood - 3mm thick sheet
tarzan glue or muti purpose glue.
torx screw drive to suit the screws that are on a small laptop hard drive.
1 x old credit card or the like for testing
some stiff cardboard - I used an old  folder that is used to hold documents.
Felt Black  tip pen

Step 2: Step One disassembling the old laptop hard drive.

Picture of Step One disassembling the old laptop hard drive.
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Step one well will remove all the screws that hold the laptop together. These screws are visible on the top of the hard drive. The silver metal side is the top - note there is one sneaky screw under the laptop hard drive specification label. Carefully remove this label by applying a bit of gently heat from a hair dryer and then carefully peel the label off. We want to keep the label later for reassembly. Also keep all your screws. They are also required for the final assembly to give the hard drive an authentic look.

Step 3: Step two. Remove the circuit board from the back of the laptop hard drive.

Step two. Again remove the screws from the circuit board with the appropriate torx screw driver. keep the screws as well.  The circuit board, once all the screws have been remove will then easily be removed. There is a cable that connects to the hard drive motor. It maybe hard wired just cut the flat cable as closely to the circuit board as you can.
korvan4 years ago
Sounds like a great idea for my desk @ work, but any chance of more photos?  I'd like to see more visuals of each step, and certainly of the finished product.
korvan korvan4 years ago
Bad form to reply to myself, I know, but I just realised the finished product photos were at the start.  Apologies.  Would've still liked to see more photos of the steps along the way though...
spiderfurby (author)  korvan4 years ago
Sorry Korvan, It was a project that was basically a brain burst. It started of as a tinker and then just evolved into something quite novel. I purposely left the construction  side vague as I found as I tinkered I made some monumental mistakes which I had to fudge to make right and tried to document the right way of doing than the wrong way that I did it. It was a one off project and I decided to share it.