I collect and disassemble at TechShop, all manner of things, but one of the things I've taken apart the most is hard drives, ever since the first one I got to take apart back in the 80's that was as big as a washing machine, I've been hooked. I am not sure if it is the shiny bits inside, the rare earth magnets, or the platters that can be folded and formed into fun geometric shapes.
This Instructable is to document the assembly of a lovely almost Steampunk or Electropunk style bracelet that I created from a part discovered within an outdated Cornice 8GB, I will follow this Instrucatble with some Instructables showing some of the other thins I have created using parts from this and other HDAs (Hard Drive Assembly).
Step 1: One of the HDAs I Gutted for Parts
I fell into 3500 of these through someone I met whilst enlightening him about the Maker Faire in San Mateo.
Step 2: The Tools and the Findings I Used
A Swiss Army knife, with pliers and a #00 positronic Phillips head driver, and a jump ring opener, in ring form.
Step 3: Opening the Drive Should Be Easy But It's Not
I have to use force as the screw heads are #0000 Tri-wing, which I've discovered, are proprietary to Cornice, who apparently went out of business, several years ago.
Step 4: Jump Rings and Magnetic Clasp
What I hold it all together with
Step 5: The Final Bracelet
I love the tiny QR looking code on this.