DIY USB "Hard Drive"

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Introduction: DIY USB "Hard Drive"

About: Ex-Navy Gunner Learned to repair I.T. equipment because nobody local knew what the hell they were doing!

Using a dead Hard Drive, a 4-port USB hub, and a few Flash Drives, we will kill some time and get a few laughs from anyone seeing you use this.

**NOTE**
You guys can see MAKE magazine's rip-off article of my project at:
http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2009/03/weekend_project_flash_memory_hard_d_1.html

Thanks for the credit MAKE, I really appreciate it....

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Step 1: Find a Candidate.

Any Hard Drive should do..

Step 2: Dismantle..

Take the Hard Drive apart...

Step 3: Compare

Make sure your USB hub will fit, either with the plastic case on, or not...

Step 4: Hub

For this purpose, I removed the plastic case.

Step 5: Install

I placed the "nekkid" USB hub into the area where the platter used to be.

Note: I was only placing this temporarily, if I was going to keep this mod permanent, I would glue the hub in either using epoxy or hot glue.

Edit: I forgot to mention, if this was going to be used permanently, I would coat the circuit board with epoxy, just like I do with Flash Drives.

Step 6: Flash Me!

Now add your Flash Drives, you may have to remove the casing for some to fit well.

Step 7: Button It Up.

Replace the cover to the Hard Drive, and plug in!

Now you will have a "new" Flash Drive that will be sure to get some comments.

Also, there is a way, I haven't done it, but with a certain flavor of Linux, you can install Linux onto all 4 of the Flash drives in a RAID configuration, assuming you have all the same capacities.

Have fun!

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    565 Discussions

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    Quazaka
    Quazaka

    10 years ago on Step 7

    I must say that this comes out very cool, here is mine :P

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    frenzy
    frenzy

    Reply 9 years ago on Step 7


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    jmoore61
    jmoore61

    4 years ago

    sooo... just having seen the first page, you picked an 80GB drive apart for this??

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    riekard
    riekard

    10 years ago on Step 6

    so...does anyone know where to get dirt cheap flash drives???

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    Yonatan24
    Yonatan24

    Reply 4 years ago

    eBay?

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    TSC
    TSC

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Walmart does not sell flash drives cheap! Microcenter  is way cheaper!

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    neivadan
    neivadan

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    ya i know u can get em at staples,future shop,best buy,u can even make ur own.

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    riekard
    riekard

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    cool, but i wanna try and make my own, how would i go about it?? what do i need?

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    Nxtfari
    Nxtfari

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    um, thats what the instructions are for

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    riekard
    riekard

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    ...this build doesnt mention anthing about makin your own flash drives

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    Xixfas
    Xixfas

    Reply 6 years ago on Step 6

    you cant make a flash drive

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    Nxtfari
    Nxtfari

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Oh, sorry, I thought you said you wanted to make the USB Hard Drive. To make your own flash drive would be pretty hard. I mean, Its got over 100 pieces that have to be soldered together perfectly on a circuit board. You'd be better off buying one. They're like $10 for a pack of three.

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    willrandship
    willrandship

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Go to sciplus.com and you can get some incredibly cheap 512MB ones.

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    flame boyyyy
    flame boyyyy

    Reply 9 years ago on Step 6

    512 is as much as my old desktops ram size and it is pretty slow dont go with 512 man.

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    account3r2
    account3r2

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    That's how much RAM my current laptop has... I need an upgrade sometime...

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    hightekrednek2396
    hightekrednek2396

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    512 wont get you very far with any thing i got a 4gb microsd and other accesories came withit at target