hyper drive?

Is it possable can i bulid one just a thought maybe plasma jet engines

Question by tinker234   |  last reply


Driving speakers?

How do I drive speakers? Like, if I just soldered a cable and a jack onto a speaker, would it work? Or do I need some kind of circuit to go along with it?  Many thanks, Zem.

Question by Zem   |  last reply


modify a floppy drive into an external usb drive

Hello, I was googleing this subject, but found nothing. Is there a way to modify an ordinary floppy drive into an external, usb one? Thank you.

Topic by spilja 


Flash drive problems

EDIT: I found a flash drive, and it doesn't work. I plugged it into my computer, nothing. I plugged it into a laptop, and it said that there was a power surge in the usb device. Any ideas?

Topic by Aar000n3y   |  last reply


CD Drive Jam

 How do i remove a CD thats jammed/stuck in my mac book?  It keeps trying to eject every minute.

Question by gbutler79   |  last reply


Wiping a hard drive

I recently got into taking apart old computers that no longer work (and by no longer work I mean really screwed up and not worth keeping) and see what I can salvage.  I found this 80 gigabyte hard drive from a Windows Desktop computer, and i was wondering how i could wipe it without having to put it back in the computer, because it's all in pieces at the moment. If they uploaded correctly, i have pictures of the hard drive and all of it's info. Also, could some tell me the official name of it please? Thanks. :D

Topic by JBowmanDIY   |  last reply


Flash Drive To An MP3?

Is There A Way To Turn My Flash Drive Into An Mp3 Player? If so Could i Get A Little Help On How?

Topic by NeonLime   |  last reply


Partitioning a USB drive

Anyone know how to partition a USB drive? Meaning using a downloadable app, not crazy BIOS. It should be easier since it's not U3.

Topic by ultrauber 


Missing Hard Drive

My teacher's laptop booted up one day and gave the message "internal hard disk drive not found". The hard drive makes a kind of clickin clunking sound on startup. His college class files are on there, along with our yearbook. Any ideas?

Topic by gimmelotsarobots   |  last reply


Concrete Flash Drives

These flash drives by Shu-Chun Hsiao are serious. The drives are encased in concrete and are embossed with the weight of each one, a number that correlates with the flash drive's capacity. I love the idea, but 256g sticking out the front of my desktop is just going to destroy itself. P.S. This would make a great entry for the upcoming USB Contest Concrete Memory, Get Totally Cemented via TechEBlog

Topic by fungus amungus   |  last reply


CD-Drive power

Hi, i have a desktop cd rom drive 52x max, i want it to connect to my laptop using IDE to USB cable. I have the cable, I tried to connect it but it's not working i think it's because it needs more power. on cd rom drive its writtenDC 5V -------------1 ADC 12V -----------1.5AI know i can buy the power cable, but this time i would like to do it myself with battries... At the back of the cd rom drive it have 4pins for the power, but i don't know how to connect the battery with the pins? what voltage should i use? n which pins?thanks

Topic by Metaferia   |  last reply


Swapping primary drive? Answered

I have laptop with a dying seagate drive, and before it dies completely, I got a hitachi drive as a replacement. My question is, how can I copy the disk exactly onto the new drive, keeping all files and programs intact so I don't have to re-install windows. I'm guessing I can't just copy and pasts, but maybe using xcopy? I have plenty of other computers and cables to use for transferring if needed.

Question by andy70707   |  last reply


Hard drive to usb?

I am a long time follower, and, if I am not mistaken, first time poster.  Please bear with me... I have looked about the site quite a bit, but I have found no solution to my question.  Heck, I don't know if it is even possible!  I have a few hard drives from older computers that have went the way of many older electronics do... :( ...and I want to do something with them, besides leaving them about to collect dust.  Is it at all possible to connect them to a usb port WITHOUT a hard drive enclosure?  I was kinda thinking about connecting a usb cable to the ide port, but will it work, and to which pins do I apply wires/solder? If this is possible and someone knows how to do it, please, PLEASE get back to me!  Thanks so much!

Topic by Jonnyboy738   |  last reply


camera hard drive

I have an old vhs tape camera, but I don't want to record to a vhs tape. What I want to do is install a hard drive into it, and have it record to that. Any ideas?

Topic by gimmelotsarobots   |  last reply


35mm USB Drive

Well I just joined today and was wondering if anyone has done this yet? A 35mm USB Drive mod, it came out looking pretty decent so I figured I'd do an instructable on it if no one has done or seen a usb like this one.

Topic by Bernard Bael   |  last reply


Hard drive motors?

I need to get a harddrive motor up and running, it has four pins for power, does anyone know exactly what these pins or which is which, the motor is from a harddrive from an old xbox, i worked hard get this wretch out all the way down to the motor, honestly microsoft should build bomb shelters, and the casing of the hard drive is pretty tough, on of the boards on it needed some friendly persuasion from a hacksaw and a hammer after I removed the apparent retaining screws, all 7 million of them, by the way I may do an instructable on how to open an old Xbox with nothing more than a swiss army knife, and it doesn't get damaged at all. To figure out the pins is all I need, left to right arrangement would do I have figured out which way up the bottom is but the crazy hieroglyphis in microscopic size reveal little about the connections,

Topic by killerjackalope   |  last reply


Reformatting a hard drive? Answered

Hi there. I know most of you reading this are thinking of the simple process that is reformatting a hard drive, and are prepared to offer me an obvious and somewhat novice explanation as "right click > format...". Please don't, this is not the case. I recently acquired an external hard drive previously used as a Direct TV Dvr. The hardware and everything is fine, and my computer recognizes it as a USB Mass Storage Device. However, the disk itself is in a format my Windows-based computer cannot recognize, read, or understand, and - as a result - does not acknowledge it exists. I need to figure out how to reformat this to NTFS / FAT32 to use on a windows machine. Also note, as a result of the lack of recognition of the disk, I can only guess its drive letter. CMD does not recognize it at all - I have tried mounting disks E - Z with no result. If needed, I have access to a Macintosh, but that is preferably the last resort as it resides about an hour away from where I am currently.

Question by Padlock   |  last reply


Computer Drive Bay?

Hi all. I am looking to fill at least 2 of my 4 availible 5.26 inch drive bays in my "new" computer. I was thinking like maybe a fan comtroller... but thats a little boring for me. I want somthing really cool. I did consider a lcd... but its kind of expensive and well... just not... idk. I just dont really like that idea. I was thinking somthing lik a toaster. :D But really... i want something kool. i mean even somthing totally useless... I just wanna fill them. I did consider using 1/2/3 of them for resivours for a liquid cooling system... but thats a little hard 4 me rit now. I am on a budget. I already gotta pay lik 130-230 for a new mobo. But i still hav som monsy 2 spend on it. So, wat is the coolest 5.25 inch drive bay device u ever saw. I also have 2 3.5 inch ones for smaller things. Like floppy. :D In case ur wonderin, i hav a xion vantage case. I am usin lik 4 fans. 2 or 3 lite up. I will soon be adding cold cathodes. But anyway, u can see it in my forum topic that i will make once my pc is bak from shop. THANKS!

Question by sci4me   |  last reply


is this a good hard drive?

Ok im running out of space on me hard drive and the spare hard drives i have are old and wont work is this goood as a second hard drive=P i have a p4 with windowsxp pro sp2 http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4426054&csid;=ITD&body;=MAIN#detailspecs

Question by knexsuperbuilderfreak 


extrenal zip drive

I have an older dell computer, and i would like to know if you can make a zip drive out of one of the hard drives that i have in it.

Question by jaswagr430   |  last reply


Externalize a hard drive?

I've found many instructables, but they all require an expensive SATA to USB adapter. Are there any projects that don't require this item? It would also be acceptable to find one that would let me wire multiple drives to the same SATA port.

Question by metalshiflet   |  last reply


Flash Drive Shrunk? Answered

My 8GB flash drive can only be formated for 250MB.  I installed an OS and now I took it off and reformatted but I can only get 250MB out of my flashdrive.

Question by jj.inc   |  last reply


sdcard Atari drive Answered

Hello, I am going to build the sdcard arari drive from this website. Will these parts work for my drive? I do not think I need a status led unless I want to know if my device is working. Thanks for any help http://rossumblog.com/2011/05/04/a-little-atari-810-disk-drive/ http://www.mouser.com/ProductDetail/NXP-Semiconductors/LPC1114FBD48-3021/?qs=sGAEpiMZZMuJc9I8Ed1ELPU1l20iAuDe

Question by jbaker22   |  last reply


Program a flash drive

Hi everyone, I have a friend who have helped me to attach some components on the chip of the flash drive to make it possible to select some LEDs to lid. So with this new components I'm going to make a software that changes 4 LEDs in the flash drive. This software that I'm going to develope is going to be on the flash-drive and not on the computer, and when I press a button "turn on green" or something similar the green light should led. Now to my question. What programming language should I use, and how do I make it possible to "talk" to the leds? Hope anyone can help me with this, Thanks in advance xddx

Topic by xddx   |  last reply


Mouse USB drive

Ok i had this idea about putting a USB drive inside the side of my mouse and still have it work...but how would i do it? and im kind of a texture guy meaning i like smooth objects so how would i fix that problem? any ideas or help would be awsome thanks :)

Topic by Darkshot   |  last reply


Portable Storage Drive

I have a Nikon D200 Digital SLR that uses a CompactFlash (Type I/II) MicroDrive and when I'm in the field I take lots of high resolution images that takes a long time to download through the USB port of a laptop. I would like to be able to just carry a self-contained portable hard drive (i.e. 2.5" hard drive in an enclosure) with it's own battery source and just be able to insert the MicroDrive to a card reader connected to the enclosure and download all the images of the MicroDrive without the use of a laptop. A commercial version already exist but they are very pricey like the Epson P-2000. Basically I want the same functionality of the Epson P-2000 but I want the option to use whatever size drive I choose. How much battery would I need to power a hard drive? Would I have to use some sort of circuitry to transfer the images from the MicroDrive to the hard drive with a push of a button? Does anybody already have any instructions on how to build this?? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

Topic by DickDastardly71   |  last reply


servo drive circuit

Does anyone know how to make the circuit like the ones inside srevo motors? I am designing a sumo bot with radio control. I need to use contenuously rotating motors with lots of power to drive the robot. I do know how to modify my servos so they contenuously rotate, but I don't think they will have enough power to push around the other robots. I would like to use one of my 12v gearmotors instead of the ones contained in servos, but I don't want to destroy my servos to do it.

Topic by Stingray   |  last reply


the infinite improbability drive? Answered

I recently finished reading the hitchhiker's guide series. Douglas Adams is a genious! he and authors such as George Orwell, are commonly looked over by todays readers. anyways, on to my question. does anyone know the components required to construct an ifinite improbability drive, like the one from the books? (and for the ignoramous who decides to tell me that its fictional and to shut up, i rebut before you post with, i know, if you had any sense to know that before your reading this, you wouldn't post said comment.) but yeah, does anyone know? i am looking for great minds such as kiteman or gmjhowe, or maybe a less well-known person. whoever you are, thanks in advance.

Question by MrMystery96   |  last reply


Variable frequency drive

Hello there instructables, I have another question discussing maglev theory and i was directed that the true way to build this project was to use 3-phase power! So this question, although related, is also an entirely new project in its own right! Now to the point, i have been researching single to 3-phase conversion, and there are a few options available like rotary or static phase converters, but i have been intruiged by a device called a variable frequency drive! Okay so what i understand so far (i think) is that these convert ac to dc, run that dc through a H bridge rectifier using igbt's and then convert the 3 outputs back to ac...... okay assuming my analogy is correct so far, to my question, 1. How are the igbt's triggered in the h bridge? do they use a function generator with altering timesteps to create the seperate phases? 2. Also how are these kept in sequence with eachother? Many thanks in advance for any help you can provide!

Topic by Xmortx114145   |  last reply


Design for drive system

I have ran into a issue with a project that i cannot figure the best solution for. Here is what i am trying to do. Imagine a pvc pipe setup in a ladder configuration. On top of each side of the ladder system an aluminum angle rail runs up and down each side. On top of this rail system is another square pvc piece with ball bearing mounted externally allowing the pvc square to ride up and down the rail. My issue has come from automating the pvc square to move back and forth on the this rail system. I thought of using a dc motor driving it to each end where a switch would be contacted to reverse the motor in the opposite direction. The issue is getting a motor that has enough torque to move the pvc square with about 10lbs on top of it maybe less and to do this a fairly slow motion. I had thought of maybe using a cheap 540 rc car motor, but this is where my ? comes in. How do i drive the square with the motor with out getting overally complicated. Would i be able to adjust the speed of the motor with a potentiometer? If so would i be able to keep the torque or would that reduce too? Finally is there another option that would be simplier to exectue?

Topic by Jamesbb   |  last reply



Can a internal hard drive be used as a external drive! Answered

I have several small capicity hard drives ( 6 gig or smaller ) laying around! Is their a way to use these VIA a USB port without adding any kind of a program, kinda like a USB storage device, just plug it into the USB port and copy/paste so information can be transported? I know they have the little USB sticks, but I have these small capaicty hard drives and would like to be able to use them for something!

Question by tazmaniac_37752   |  last reply


microcontroller based pen drive? Answered

I had a question in my mind that a memory of a microcontroller can be used to save data and can be used as a pen drive.

Question by robot1398   |  last reply


PLEASE External hard drive?

I upgraded my laptop and got a new HD. I've heard of a way to make the old HD into an external hard drive. Is there an instructable on how to do that or am I missing it?

Question by huntleyi   |  last reply


Usb Flash drive player?

I've seen some flash drive players through a boombox... where you stick the flash drive and it plays the music files in it. i was looking for something like that but instead of boom boxes , i could change the output or speaker device to use... for example id like a portable speaker or a headphone.

Topic by tanamaze 


hard drive problem, AGAIN!!

Hello, i accidentally dropped my ''serial ATA hard drive, and a plastic peace of the enclosure chipped off near the pins and will not let me plug it in my computer since it obviously will not work, all i get from the internet are ways of taking apart the entire thing, i need my hard drive in one peace and I'm in need of any help. What can i do to fix it ? Thanks.

Question by drummerx5000   |  last reply



Can an old internal floppy drive be used externally?

I need a floppy drive to look at some old disks. I have an internal floppy drive that's from a Dell desktop computer. Any way to use this externally, usb?

Question by buffysissy1   |  last reply



Back USB Ports Not Recognizing USB Drive

I recently (2 hours ago) made a case for USB drive because the case "broke" off. Anyway, my main USB ports on the front are on the bottom, with a stiff port cover over them. This makes it virtually impossible to use my USB drive now, as I cannot fit it in the tight space. So I want to use one of my 4 ports on the back. My problem is that when I plug the USB drive in, it just will not recognize it. I tried it it in my mouse port, keyboard port, everything. I tried it with another USB drive to make sure I just didn't ruin my first one; it wouldn't recognize it either. Maybe I'm missing something, or being ignorant, but I can't seem to figure out why it won't recognize it, and what can be done about it. Is there some menu like in the Control Panel (though I checked) that enables the ports, or what? I really to have to go case-less. Thanks! Edit - I'm running Windows XP Home.

Topic by Bran   |  last reply



Why doesn't my computer recognize my flash drive?

I have an 8GB Kingston Data Traveler G3 that my computer, operating on windows 7,refuses to recognize. The Auto-play option doesn't start when it is plugged in nor does it show up in any of the available drives in My Computer.  I've tried to assign it a new drive letter through Disk Management but it doesn't show up there either. Can anyone explain what might be the problem and how i can fix it? Thanks.

Question by jshhndsd91   |  last reply


Can I design and build my own thumb drive circuit

Does anybody know if/where I can find information on how to design and build my own thumb drive?  All I have been able to find are companies that let you design your own case.  I can do that myself but I want to learn how to assemble the circuitry.

Topic by abvnatter   |  last reply


A 5 gig file won't fit onto an empty 16 gig flash drive?

I have a 16 gigabyte flash drive that's relatively empty (13.7GB free space), and I was trying to put a 5 gigabyte .ISO file onto it.  However, when I try to copy the file to the flash drive, I get an error saying there is not enough space to put the file on the flash drive.  I know this is not true because I have over 13 gigs of free space. Is there any reason for this weird error and is there any fix? This is kinda important.

Topic by DJ Radio   |  last reply


My U3 thumb drive won't work at school, how can i fix this? Answered

I'm sure anyone familliar with U3 knows it brings up a menu, my regular flash drive works, because i can skip installing the software, but my U3 won't, and i can't acces it because of this. I have tried almost all of the admin hacks, is there another way to do it?

Question by XOIIO   |  last reply


Kingston DataTraveler 32Gb USB drive which is suddenly not being recognized in my iMac...... Help!

I have a 6 month old Kingston DataTraveler 32Gb USB drive which is suddenly not being recognized in my iMac Finder. There has been no abuse whatsoever to the drive, and the best the Kingston tech people can say is that it might me the 'controller' since the green activity light comes on sporadically. I've been quoted $hundreds to rescue my data. Kingston (kindly) will replace it for free. Help, Mileman

Question by Mileman2010   |  last reply



I need to get a program for my flash drive that i just plug my flash drive in and it promps me for a password- Answered

- then once i enter it i get acces to my files. Does such a program exist thanks-Drew i need this program to not need admin rights like true crypt does.

Question by dtoma   |  last reply


Dvd drives will not work, reads dvd and cds, will not see blank dvd media for burning?

Why does my computer's dvd drives show me dvd then when i try to put a dvd in to copy files it changes to cd and won't let me do anything can you help please. all drivers are up to date. i have a 80 wire ide cable working both dvd which are brand new. one on master and the other on slave. is it possible that i should have a 40 wire ide cable for a connection. i don't know but it's really making me mad. this is my 4th build and i have never come across this problem before.......I'm really stumped thanks in advance if you can suggest any fixes?

Question by danthomas28   |  last reply


can I make an efficient tesla turbine from computer parts? Answered

I have two laptos that don't work and I want to make a tesla turbine out of one of the hard drives

Question by nerd7473   |  last reply