You kids, your wife, not even that pesky burglar will know it's there.
This instructable will show you how to turn the dead UPS Power Backup into a discreet external hard drive for under $20.00!
Watch the video for the overview:
Step 1: Supplies
- Broken UPS with USB port
The one I used had a standard type B plug, but you can also use the type that have an RJ45 instead.
It doesn't have to be broken, but there usually isn't enough room inside for the battery plus the hard drive and USB converter PCB.
- Used laptop hard drive
Don't use one that is too large, as the single USB port may not be able to supply enough power.
I found a 20GB drive on Craig's list for about $10
- USB 2.0 Enclosure for 2.5" Laptop Hard Drive
I found one made by MSI at Micro Center for $9.99.
- Soldering Iron, OHM meter, screw driver, wire cutters, etc...