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Hi ,everybody !

(It's my first instructable , and appologizes for my poor english !!)

When i see this two instructables :

https://www.instructables.com/id/NES-Cartridge-External-Hard-Drive/

and

https://www.instructables.com/id/NES-Cartridge-25quot-Hard-drive-enclosure/

i want to do the same think !

First , i want to do this with the gold cartridge of Zelda , but it's was too expensive and when i mean it was a sacrilege !!

i have a Mario Bros/Duck Hunt , so i decide to use it.

I use also for my project a small hard disk (20go) and a USB - IDE cable adapter (4.62 $ at ebay seller "keyhere" ).


 



Step 1:

For the cartridge , i use a small tool to unscrew and open the box.

in the center of the box , i started to cut the hole for the screw whtih my smalls knifes and i use my dremell to make all flat as possible.


Step 2:

I use this cheaper USB - IDE cable adapter (4.62 $ at ebay seller "keyhere" ) , i open it and i desolder all the connectors (ide 44 pins for hdd 2.5 , ide 40 pins for hdd3.5 and sata).

I wire one by on , the usb adapter and the 44 pins connector , i use for this a old ruban cable for floppy drive.

To solder , i use this excredible solder paste (dealextreme, sku 4711 , only 3.57$) .

You put the wire in the paste and when you touch with the solder iron , you have à solder !

Step 3:

When all the wires are solder , i use my hot glue gun , to fix the wires in a steady position ,

I solder the mini usb , i use again the hot glue gun .

I cut a small piece of plastic , i screw a screw ( was shortened)for obstruct the middle hole (and also for the small detail ...) , i fix the plastic with the screw inside.

I put the original game ,

I put all in the nes box , i fix the mini usb by the hot glue gun (again and again!!)




Step 4:

I close the Nes cartridge and......

This is my Nes Cartridge External HDD !!!

And it's still playable !!

For the Nes icon , i made an .ico with znsoft icon maker , i create an .inf file with this inside :

[Autorun]
icon=2.ico                              (2 was the name of the icon)

 i put the two on the root of the nes hdd .

That's all for my first instructable!

I hope you love it , and i thanks all of you to read me !

Bye , perhaps a another instructable .......








 fredlb, how did you connect your hard drives internal power to the mini usb out? What kind of hard drive are you using?
I use a 2.5 HDD&nbsp; , who have power connectors directly on the 44 pin interface.<br /> Thanks for your attention.<br />
&nbsp;Ok thanks, that's what I figured. &nbsp;I found a guy selling some 80 GB drives cheap, I might buy a few and &quot;try&quot; this :)<br /> <br /> On the other hand, it seems 2.5&quot; IDE HDD's are pretty expensive, it's almost more cost effective to buy a pre-built seagate/WD mini external. &nbsp;I guess this project like most instructables is purely for the &quot;cool factor&quot; and asthetic value!<br /> <br /> Definately going to make a couple of these, for myself and some friends. &nbsp;I have the original gold zelda catridge and the zelda 2 ones, can't wait! &nbsp;Thanks for your reply.<br />
lol i wouldn't hack apart an original gold zelda cartridge, they go for $100 on ebay. <br>
Where did you get the female mini usb component?
in my local electronic parts store .
how heavy is it?
approximately 210g ( 7.4 oz) ; including the plastic protection.<br>
Classic game cartridges look like a lot of fun to hack....&nbsp; Hmmmm.... I wonder if I could find other uses for them...<br />
Thanks...<br /> Please give anothers ideas for the Nes Cardridge !!<br />
&nbsp;How about an NES cartridge e-book reader? &nbsp;I'm sure it could be done if you could find a small enough LCD screen. &nbsp;I can't imagine the circuitry in those things is very large or complex at all.<br /> <br /> Or what about an NES cartridge carrying case for small coins and other objects. &nbsp;Gut the case, cut off one of the edges, attach some form of hinge, and there you go....<br /> <br /> One last idea... this one is kind of far fetched but I can't think of anything cooler... NES cartridge cell phone anybody?<br />
You did well on the soldering, but wouldn't have got the thing in there with a standard ribbon on it - I'm impressed.<br /> <br /> L<br />
Thanks to you , but for the soldering , it's not all my experience.<br /> With my solder paste , i do all my jobs wells !! ( no pub !!!)<br /> For the ribbon , sorry , i don't understand ......<br /> <br />
I meant that modifying the ribbon cable was a necessity, I am impressed with the technical skill involved.<br /> <br /> L<br />
Very nicely done.&nbsp; I&nbsp;really like the fact that the cartridge is still playable.&nbsp; Good work!<br />
Thanks !<br /> For my project , the number one is : keep the nes cardridge alive !!<br />

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