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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


external hard drive cases, what to do with them?

My office is throwing out the aluminum cases from hard drives. Does anyone have any cool ideas what I could do with them? Besides recycling. Thanks.

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How to retrieve files from a SanDisk cruzer that has quit working?

ScanDisk flash drive worked great for a while but now it doesn't show up nor does the light comes on.

Question by jbt1965    |  last reply


CD/DVD Rom motors. Answered

There are three motors in a CD or DVD Rom unit. Does anyone know the operating voltage of each motor? Thanks

Question by ajax70    |  last reply


A Substitute Drive?

Does anyone know what could replace this drive? It is an Apple 4x Max Speed DVD-ROM drive and I need to find a replacement. It will be in an iMac G3 (i think it's g3)

Question by dla888    |  last reply


Hard drives

Does anyone know how you make a hard drive motor run after you have taken it out of a hard drive? I have a project I want to do with one. Mike

Topic by mikemwa    |  last reply


hyper drive?

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

Question by tinker234    |  last reply


Hard Drive

I Have a 10g Hard Drive for a desktop pc(Seagate). it works fine i used it a few times but now i need the money so if your interested hit me up.

Topic by Fernando B    |  last reply


Driving Stories

I got my permit a couple of days ago. Driving just feels right. Any of you new drivers? Got any white knucked parents screaming WE'RE GONNA DIE! digging their fingernails into the dashboard yet? Do any of the rest of you have good stories of back-in-the-day driving or now? Funniest thing a cop has said?

Topic by Spl1nt3rC3ll    |  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


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


Can an IDE hdd be replaced with a SATA hdd (both internal)? Answered

I have a pentium 4 pc whose hdd recently crashed, this had this 40GB IDE hard disk, now a days u IDE's arent available in market so i was thinking is it possible to connect an internal SATA hardisk to the same port where the IDE was connected? i  mean will it work fine without any problems? Or any other solution to my problem?

Question by ankur2893    |  last reply


How do I wire a 6 IDE hard drive tower?

Dose anyone know how to wire up a 6 IDE hard drive tower? I need it on the cheep. I need it to ether wire up to my home computer directly or attach it to a home computer network, aka network cables & Wi-Fi. Any Ideas or all ready made instructables on this topic. What I imagen it to be a box with the 6 hard drives, power source, a fan & a cable running to a Wi -Fi or computer connection.

Topic by elkaddalek    |  last reply


programming help

First of all, I am new to this. But for my CEIS course project I decided to program an rc vehicle because I thought it would be COOL! Now I am knee deep into the project and I am needing guidance.  So I am going to attempt to stack raspberry pi hats. One adafruit pwm for servos and the other adafruit pwm for dc and stepper motors. The first thing I done wrong was solder the gpio headers on backwards. Since I'm not too professional with a soldering iron I ended up making the drives of no use and ordered more. Before I done that, I got my pi camera working! Still need to program the pan/tilt servos. I have battery power, wiring, almost everything as far as hardware. Just not sure if I am headed in the right direction. I tried different things with python and the i2c but now when I start up the Kernel Module fails.  Any help will be great!

Topic by SMILEY4242  


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  


OG xbox drive into external usb drive???

It just so happens I have 3 OG xboxes sitting in my room and a netbook with a dead hard drive. I was wondering if there was a way to use one of the xbox drives and turn it into an external usb drive to plug into my netbook. Im familiar with hardware and what most things do, but I havent had much experience with electronics. Any ideas? Thanks for any input!

Question by daner    |  last reply


Needed: Old USB Drives

Hi I'm Working on a big project having to do with flash drive modding and I'm going to need as many as I can get to test and do this. Donations of flash drives would be great though payment is negotiable I will gladly pay for ship within the US. The size of the memory do not matter but the drive must work. Thanks so much, Mechcem

Topic by mechcem    |  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  


Hard Drive Help!

Well, I was rummaging through an old computer, and met up with Mr. Hard Drive, and his evil plot of frustration for all, Is there any way I can run the motor in the drive to spin the discs? I have included the wires running out of the drive.

Topic by bumpus    |  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


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


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 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


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


Ipod flash drive

Hey I was looking for a broken ipod mini the other day so I could get a new case for mine, and I noticed that many of them still have working hard drives. That's when it hit me. I was thinking, why let all that space go to waste, when you pay $80 at the store for just a 2 gig flash drive. Would it be possible to make a flash drive from the hard drive in the ipod? At first I was just going to wire the drive to a USB port, but I'm thinking that may not work. Does anybody out there know more about how flash drives work? I think I have a good idea, now I'm counting on your imput!

Topic by Ducky_2010    |  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


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


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


stuck dvd drive? Answered

I own a compaq brand laptop and the dvd/cd drive stopped ejecting. it won't eject by pushing the button or useing my computer to open it. it has a light on the drive that will light up when i try to eject the disc how do i resolve this?

Question by miiwii3    |  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


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


Hard Drive platters

Hey i have these two really nice hard drive platters and i dont know what to do with them so if any of you have any suggestions on what i could do with them just leave comments

Topic by DELETED_Nicker987  


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


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


Drive Shaft To Pulley

Help! How do I attach this pulley (or any pulley) to a drive shaft? Specifically: This Motor: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00O8UKN7I/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc;=1 To This Pulley: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00004RAO8/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s01?ie=UTF8&psc;=1

Topic by john.walsh    |  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


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


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


PASSWORD USB DRIVE

I'VE BEEN WORKING IN AN OFFICE FOR OVER 25 YEARS, AND WE ALL HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM.  LITTLE NOOGIES OF PAPER WITH PASSWORDS TO DIFFERENT WEBSITES, SCRATCHED OUT AND CHANGED, ILLEGIBLE, ETC.  IS THERE A WAY TO PROGRAM A USB DRIVE TO HOLD ALL YOUR PASSWORDS SO THAT YOU DON'T NEED THE PIECES OF PAPER?  SOMEBODY COULD MAKE A TON OF MONEY JUST WHERE I WORK WITH ONE OF THESE!

Topic by johnluci    |  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


Drunk Driving Bank

I am looking for ideas or a complete solution to locking up your car keys when getting drunk, but allowing access to the keys the next day to go to work or whatever. The idea is to make an electronic bank of sorts that you would deposit your car keys into and it would be time delayed, so you could not open it till the following day. Another idea is to make a breathalizer that you could make and install in your vehicle, and not have it monitored or have to make monthly payments on it as they are set up now. I know my son has good intentions of not drinking and driving, but we all know when drunk, your intentions are impaired. if people that wanted to drink, yet not drive, a setup like this could save people from driving when impaired even though they normally wouldn't. If someone has an idea on this issue, I would love to hear about it and could help in the construction of this type of device, be it supplying components, to financing the project. Message me here and I can give you my ph number, etc to make getting together easier. Dan

Topic by dlemke    |  last reply


Hydraulic drive for trike.? Answered

I am in the (long term) process of rebuilding my tricycle recumbent bike (a tadpole configuration). At present it has the usual long chain driving the rear wheel. I would like to do away with the long chain for several reasons and am toying with the idea of using a hydraulic drive. Cylinders at front and rear with the front driven by my feet and the rear driving a standard pedal set with the normal short chain/gear set - in face the rear frame of a standard bike with the hydraulics rams in place of my legs.. I can't find anywhere that this has been done and this worries me as generally what can be done is done. In metal weight would be a problem but I hope to be able to machine the rams in plastic tubing giving me a light energy transfer from front to back. Hopefully it will be electric assist as well but that is another matter. Any comments would be welcome before I commit to building it so I can see why this is such a bad idea.

Question by rickharris    |  last reply


Stamp drive a NeoPixel ? Answered

Has anyone driven a NeoPixel with a Basic Stamp ?Regrets, the NeoPixel data neatly specifies timing cycles as short as 400 nswhile the fastest Stamp Compiled Basic can only do 800 nsSo No Go ! except for the ML option.

Question by iceng    |  last reply


Copying Hard Drive?

I'd like to know, is there any way to copy EVERYTHING from my computer hardrive (this one) and put it on another harddrive, BUT still in this "tower"? As in, I just like swap out the drives. This comp's HD is 70gig, but my other ones 220 gigs. I want to keep all my programs and such, but I want to put it on a bigger HD. Any suggestions? and please please please! let it be freeware. I just love it. Also, I am using XP, and so is the other computer with the bigger HD, but for some reason, the other computer has bigger icons and not as good a quality.

Topic by wolf555hound    |  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