Have you ever wanted to turn that old boring looking hard drive into something unique and stylish? This instructable is just the thing you're looking for! This tutorial will show you how to turn an old Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) game into a portable hard drive.

Completing this project will cost roughly $50 and will consume about 2 hours of your time.

Step 1: Gather Supplies

To complete this project you will need (from left to right in picture):

1. Coarse Sand Paper - $1-$2 found at Home Depot
2. NES Game Cartridge - $5 on EBay
3. External Hard drive (WD HD320 GB) - $40-$100 depending on capacity (must be thinner than 0.5")
4. Small Flathead Screwdriver - $1-$3 found at Home Depot
5. X-Acto Knife - $1-$2 found at Hobby Lobby
6. Box Cutter - $2-$3 found at Home Depot
7. Super Glue - $2-$3 found at Hobby Lobby
8. Needle Nose Pliers - $5-$20 found at Home Depot
nice work,...
thanks for the instructable!!! I didn't go out the side like you did, but still, an awesome idea!
That is so awesome!
Please don't do that to working games. And with working games i mean proper games. Pirate games like Action 52 and Cheetahmen II can die since they don't work.
omg somewhere i have a banch of NES catridges....Also liked very much the blue frame of the images.......
well, only do this to ones that dont work
The harddisk drive is creating heat. That container are not reducing the heat. But it still a nice idea. Keep creating
I have this Hard Drive and it produces almost no heat. Also, the stock case is just a piece of plastic to protect the HD. I love this instructable, I have been looking for ways to mod my HD. Thanks.
Great idea, and very simple to create it ! Thx
Try to get a smaler drie and find a way to makeit soyou can still play the game and keep it an external drive<br>
sorry bro, but as of right now, unless you get a flash disk drive, there are no smaller drives on the market. the 2.5&quot; internal laptop drive (as pictured) is the smallest hard drive commercially available. but i really like your idea. maybe sometime in the near future we may see something smaller come to pass. then i would definitely jump on the dual use that you'd suggested!
Wouldn't using a dremmel have been easier?
i almost wonder if a SNES or N64 might be a better size. I have a FFIII case!
I did it with a SNES cartridge and it was a perfect fit! A little tight at the edges but it was a snug fit that required no additional hardware to secure.
yay! thanks!
Fun idea, and some great documentation!<br /> <sub>(I used to <strike>hate </strike>love Wizards &amp; Warriors when I was a kid!)</sub>
I noticed the Wizards &amp; Warriors game, too! That game was sweet but the sequels were also pretty sweet.
Great instructable, photos were awesome. I agree, it's very a unique and stylish way to store data, but I'd like to add that it's also an easy way to hide data in plain sight! One could even go as far as to say it might help prevent theft! As long as it's unplugged, it doesn't appear too valuable to the average person.<br><br>+1 for implementing fun, style, economy, and safety. Given the materials required, this project is easy, clever, cheap, and provides multiple functions. I think the cartridge might even be of a heavier grade plastic, giving the hard drive a little more durability when traveling!
No!!!<br> Not the NEs Game!<br><br> Kidding, get a broken game and go for it, this is pretty neat<br>

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