This surge of nostalgia poured over me briefly; very briefly, right up until the moment I decided to tear it apart and make it "comtria!"(SG1 fans would know that means "better")
Step 1: Rip It Apart, Gently.
USB floppy drive
USB to microUSB cable (more on this later)
Controller board from USB 2.5" enclosure
Frame from same 2.5" enclosure
A dab of epoxy
Oh yes, a screwdriver.
I started by removing the single screw on the bottom of the floppy unit. It seemed a bit hard to pry the case apart after doing so, I searched for a doppelganger screw underneath the label. It turns out that there was not one, so the case was in fact hard to pull apart.
I got it though.
Step 2: Brainssss.
Step 3: Disconnect
I am going to save this for a later project as well.
Step 4: Measure Up
I just needed to get a measurement and placement idea for the mounting and cutting to come. I knew that I wanted the HDD to extrude from the floppy enclosure about 2 inches, for easy insertion and removal. The drive will "lock" itself in place when inserted so anything shorter may make it difficult to remove it.
I lined up the frame where I decided would be a good fit, and placed a 2.5" HDD in the frame to get an idea of how it will "feel".
Step 5: Mark Your Measurement
Next, I cut the frame for the HDD down to size with a razor knife.
Step 6: Mark Before Grinding
After a little Dremel grinding, I have a new drive slot. Just a bit of sanding to make it smooth and level.
Step 7: Wire Prep
Step 8: Mount Up
Step 9: Stuff It
I had some anti-static foam leftover from some electronic component orders I had received a while back. This would be perfect for this project.
I started off by taking rough measurements of the space on each side of the drive frame, and at the connection end of the frame as well. Being that I am using foam, the measurements do not have to be exact, a bit over is fine, it squishes.
I fit strips of the foam down each side and then a wider strip at the connection end. I cut this one in half at an angle to allow passage of the USB cord; and like the boot, it will also help hold the new USB cord in place.
Step 10: Re-Assemble (Stephanie)
As you can see in the pictures, the fit is very nice. The new dock has a nice "snap" to it when you insert a drive, lets me know that it is locked in and ready to go.
I find myself very satisfied that I was able to upcycle a piece of computing history into a more worthy and useful modern day gadget!
Step 11: In Closing...
I hope that you enjoyed the workup on this project. I am very satisfied with the results, and I think you will be too!