Making a Bracelet Out of a Part Found Within an 8GB 1.5" Micro-hard Drive

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the assembly of a lovely almost Steampunk or Electropunk style bracelet that I created from a part discovered within an outdated Cornice 8GB, I will follow this Instrucatble with some Instructables showing some of the other thins I have created using parts from this and other HDAs (Hard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.



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    7 Discussions


    6 years ago on Introduction

    I volunteer doing computer recycling a few days a week for an Autism Spectrum Disorder charity/501(C)3. [If anyone's in MD it's called "The Buddy Project" carried out via Old Farm Computers of Frederick,MD that'll provide a PC & training for folks with documentation for free.] I decided to try to give back after I was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome recently. They enjoy some of the upcycled & recycled jewelry I make from parts and are happy yo let me have odd bits as long as I don't use too much valuable items. I've never seen drives that small before! I too love hard drive magnets & have been told it's possible to coax them from the steel backers, but how would I get them apart w/o that extra leverage? Be careful ! I've been bit by them leaving a good cut on a finger getting caught between two magnets! I've heard of a book called "Kilobyte Couture" but haven't held a copy to see what's in it, but I understand the're resistor earrings & such. Happy crafting!


    7 years ago on Introduction

    What is a jump ring opener? Is it part of that swiss army knife? I have never seen a ring on one...

    1 reply

    No, the jump ring opener is not part of the knife, I found it at a local jewelery store. they're dirt cheap. Here is a video of one in action:

    Yes, that would be cool, unfortunately the pin-outs are really really small, and even getting it to connect to something is beyond my meek electronics knowledge. I can send you a few to play with if you'd like.

    Very nice and I bet it could be entered still as long as its before that stroke of midnite. Worth trying cuz you did a really good job and it looks great!