Introduction: Turning a 2.5in Hard Drive Into a Compact Wallet
I hate carrying wallets, they are massive and cumbersome, but it is the only way of carrying my drivers license around. Im not a hugh cash person so all i really need is my license and a credit card.
The idea to is transform a useless 2.5in harddrive into a wallet/safe, i have a box full of 3.5in drives but only one 2.5in that I am willing to break open. its rather old, 6.4GB 4200RPM, so its time to open this baby up.
This is my first instrucatble, so go easy lol
-dead/crappy 2.5inch harddrives
-harddrive mounting screws
-screw drivers - I used torx 5,6 and a small PH driver
-exacto knife / scissors
Step 1: Find a Hard Drive
Perhaps the hardest part of it all... you don't want to do this to a brand new HDD, they cost alot, the best place to look for one is on old laptops. crapper the better of course. Personally I wouldn't use anything bigger than 30GB unless they are dead
SSD also works, however they are usually plastic, but they do have more room inside. HDD feels more solid.
This is mine
Step 2: Open the Hard Drive
Most hard drives use torx screws in them, use the right screwdriver, they can be very tight.
SAVE THE MAGNET, you may not be able to use it for this project, but they can fit into your other projects
Step 3: Take Out the Stuff
Step 4: Making the Credit Card Slot
I used 2 checkbook covers, they are transparent so you can see the circuit board behind it for cool-ness
Step 5: Mounting the Card Holder
Theres alot of things you can do on the back, card holder is just one of them. you can probably mount a money clip here too.
Step 6: Secure the Cover
You cant really use screws for the cover, since you need special drivers to open it.
There are a couple ways of doing it, you can make a mechanical hinge like thing and secure it to the mounting ports, and flip it open. or you can do it like I did, use magnets to keep it closed. You might need to use epoxy to glue 1 piece of magnet to the inside, really depends on the hard drive and the layout inside.
MAGNET WARNING: Before you put your credit card in, test the back side and make sure you card won't get demagnetized. Some state's drivers license also has magnetic strips, so be careful. I will not be held responsible for any demagnetized cards
Step 7: Put Stuff In
You are done! the only thing left to do is put stuff in it.
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11 years ago on Step 5
I always wanted one of those cool clear american express cards, wasn't old enough then...
11 years ago on Introduction
To remove the motor...
There are a number of options, depending on your shop's equipment.
First, the easiest and most expensive, Use a shop press to press the bearings out.
Second, most likely to have, is a drill press. Chuck up a short steel rod of just under the diameter of the bearing, then use the drill to press it out.
Third, you can CAREFULLY use a vice, rod, and spacer to press it out.
Finally, and this is definitely the cheapest, you can drill a hole in a board large enough to pass the hub. Grab a bolt of the right size, and HAMMER the bearings out. If you don't even have a drill, set the hdd case so the hub area is suspended between two boards, and hammer it out that way. This method WILL ruin the bearings though, so when you're done, just toss them.\
The upshot is, you get a lot more storage. The downside is, you have to figure another way to attach the cover.