Introduction: Hard Drive Desk Clock

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Convert an old harddrive from a decktop PC into a cool looking desk clock.

Step 1:

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Locate an old hard drive.

I found one with actual screws securing the case and circuit board.

Purchase a clock mechanism with a 3/4 inch long shaft from a hobby store.

Step 2:

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Remove the case and circuit board.

I could not remove all the screws, so I was forced to pry off the cover.

Be carefull not to damage the insides.

Step 3:

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The clock required a 1/4 inch hold for mounting.

You need to remove the hard drive platters and spindle.

I used a T6 torx wrench to remove the 3 screws.

Step 4:

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Expand the hole to 1/4 inch in the case where the spindle was located.

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Use a hammer and small phillips screwdriver to pound out the rod in the spindle's middle.

Use a hammer and a larger screwdriver to pound out the ball bearing sleve.

When both are removed the hold that's left is 1/4 inch.

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Replace the hard drive platters and spindle.

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Insert clock mechanism thru hold from the back and secure with included nut.

Attach the hands and insert a battery.

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To make it more to my liking I replaced the second hand with a red one and used the F3, F9, and F12 keys from an old laptop keyboard.


534n (author)2013-02-26

I made this with some nice gold hands, check it out here

Getting the motor/bearing out was a bit of a pain :)

534n (author)2013-02-26

I made this with some nice gold hands, check it out here

Getting the motor/bearing out was a bit of a pain :)

doesanybodyknow (author)2013-02-24

For those of you who do not know the 2 magnets under the arm cover at the 7 oclock position are Super Strong.

Wieniec (author)2012-11-18

And this my version of 2.5" HDD clock....

ospring87 (author)2011-11-06

Just made mine today, had a HD laying around on my desk for a few months and figured I'd give it up for a better use.

gannon12raiders (author)2010-04-29

I really like this! I've been looking at a bunch of different clocks, many of which are HDD-based, but this is the only one that is simple enough to do in an afternoon. Thanks a ton, I'll be making it right away!

gauravsolanki (author)2010-03-07

nice creation...but i already have this on my study table.
will add the pics soon

kzbynski (author)gauravsolanki2010-03-08

That's great that you have one on your study table. I built mine last weekend and its sitting on my desk. It satisfies the Dead Computer Contest requirments.

PineapplebobTheGreat (author)2010-03-03

this is so cool! I like how you added the number buttons for time. It's a great touch for anyone's room. VERY CREATIVE!!!!! I hope you win the contest!

Thanks. I have this on my desk at work and the other IT folks like it also.

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