Instructables

Hard Drive Desk Clock

Picture of Hard Drive Desk Clock
Convert an old harddrive from a decktop PC into a cool looking desk clock.
 
Remove these adsRemove these ads by Signing Up

Step 1:

Picture of
IMG_0014.JPG
IMG_0021.JPG
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:

Picture of
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:

Picture of
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:

Picture of

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

Step 5:

Picture of
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.

Step 6:

Picture of

Replace the hard drive platters and spindle.

Step 7:

Picture of
IMG_0025.JPG
Insert clock mechanism thru hold from the back and secure with included nut.

Attach the hands and insert a battery.

Step 8:

Picture of
IMG_0028.JPG
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.
534n1 year ago
I made this with some nice gold hands, check it out here http://www.seanwinters.dx.am/?p=36

Getting the motor/bearing out was a bit of a pain :)
534n1 year ago
I made this with some nice gold hands, check it out here http://www.seanwinters.dx.am/?p=36

Getting the motor/bearing out was a bit of a pain :)
For those of you who do not know the 2 magnets under the arm cover at the 7 oclock position are Super Strong.
Wieniec1 year ago
And this my version of 2.5" HDD clock....

zegarHDD.jpg
ospring872 years ago
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.
IMG_20111106_152816.jpg
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!
nice creation...but i already have this on my study table.
will add the pics soon
kzbynski (author)  gauravsolanki4 years ago
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.
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!
kzbynski (author)  PineapplebobTheGreat4 years ago
Thanks. I have this on my desk at work and the other IT folks like it also.