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?

Posted by Aar000n3y 10 years ago

An external cd-rw drive into an external HDD?

I saw an instructable on making an external hdd from an old external cd-rw drive....im just curious if i can do it with an IOMEGA drive..  If anyone can tell me if its possible(or something else to do with it)  it would be great. Thanks!

Posted by valmont325 7 years ago

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.

Posted by tanamaze 6 years ago

What can I drive or ride on a cat A licence

Hi I have a full bike licence and i was wondering what i can drive or ride? Can i ride a quad bike ? cheers Darren

Posted by dazzer730 7 years ago

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.

Posted by DJ Radio 6 years ago

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

Posted by JBowmanDIY 8 years ago

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.

Posted by abvnatter 7 years ago

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.

Posted by Bran 11 years ago

Sandisk cruzer micro (2gb)

Well, my flashdrive just quit on me and I was wondering if this happend to anybody else. It does not light up or anything when I plug it in, anybody have any advice?

Posted by bwpatton1 9 years ago

old laptop

I have scrapped a old lap top but saved the hdd is there any way i can connect this to my new laptop to get my work info off it is there a way of connecting by cables ie plug from the hdd down to a usb so i can plug into my lap top any help would be welcome many thanks kovako2007

Posted by kovako2007 10 years ago

Is it possible to connect multiple usb thumb drives to be one drive?

If I had like 10 thumb drives could I connect them all as one drive somehow? I know you can create a usb hub and connect many that way, but when you connect the hub to a pc it sees many drives and not one.

Posted by Jester_boy2 9 years ago

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.

Posted by bumpus 10 years ago

Primary and Secondary on a usb external drive?

I've got a external usb drive connector, and it only has a short yellow ide connector, what would happen if I connected a regular ide cable to the pins, would I be able to connect two drives? IE: 2 dvd burners?

Posted by Punkguyta 10 years ago

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.

Posted by Fernando B 9 years ago

Russian Steampunk Flash Drive

Here's a nice flash drive mod which seems to be accomplished by sticking ye olde standard flash drive inside a lot of other metal bits. OK, that sounds simple, but the results are quite nice. Check the link below for lots of build shots.Link via bbgadgets

Posted by fungus amungus 8 years ago

Devil Ducky Flash Drive mod

I've been searching the web for a tutorial on how to mod a rubber ducky or, preferably, a Devil Ducky to hold a flash drive. There was a lot of chatter about a website at freshlysqueezedflash.com but it and its tutorials are now defunct. Anyone have any suggestions?

Posted by bcr8ve 10 years ago

WANTED: old dvd burner drives

I want anyones old cd/dvd RW drive. i need them for the motors and laser diode. these can be easily removed from the old computer case with a screw driver. would be willing to pay shipping(within reason)

Posted by budsiskos 9 years ago

Floppy Disk Drives UK

Hi Guys, I am after some floppy drives here in the UK, if anyone can help me out that would be awesome, Perhaps you work in an IT department or know people who do. I need as many as I can get my hands one. thanks Chris

Posted by n1cod3mus 3 years ago

Extra 1.8" disk drive projects?

I bought a 30gb zune when it came out, and my dog literaly ATE it. since then, i have replaced it, but i have this extra 1.8" drive lying around and i need somthing to do with it. No, i havent tried selling it, and i realy dont want to ( looks to cool:] ). I am hoping someone knows how to make it a usb drive, because a 30 gb usb would be USEFULL!!! If anyone has any idea, PLEASE!!!! Post it!!!

Posted by Terranan 9 years ago

iPod 2G to iPod 5G Hard Drive Converter

I have two iPod 5Gs (iPod w/ video), and one of them went through my washing machine. I also have an iPod 2G (with the actual spinning wheel), and I want to transplant the larger 30G hard drive into the older iPod. I opened them up, and was disappointed to find out that the connectors were different. Does anyone know if there is any way to connect the larger hard drive to the old iPod?

Posted by Ora 10 years ago

Thermite Destruction of Hard Drive

There are many ways to get rid of the data on a hard drive, but igniting thermite on top of it is probably the most extreme and ridiculously secure. Here, the thermite is set in a clay pot over a computer case and ignited from below to demonstrate a method where you'd want to destroy everything... right away! You know, because you're a super-spy and stuff and the other guys could break in at any time while you're surfing the web. Thermite hard drive destructionvia Gizmodo

Posted by fungus amungus 9 years ago

How can i fit a 3.5" hard drive in a 5.25" bay?

I want to fit my external hard drive in a 5.25" bay, as USB is too slow and i don't have another 3.5" bay. Things i have: 1. Samsung Spinpoint F1 1TB. (the hard drive i want to move) 2. Sweex 3.5" external case, it sucks... 3. An old cd-drive. 4. Basic tools, no soldering iron. 5. an old pc i can steal parts from. Now my question, how do i make sure that thing stays into place, and, is it a problem if it doesn't have some kind of suspension? My pc is a compaq presario from 2008, which has 3 free 5.25" bays. I already looked on google and searched instructables, but can't find anything usefull. Thanks in advance, DJBD

Posted by DJBD 9 years ago

Internal HD to external?

I have a 80Gb IDE hard drive that I want to turn into an external one. I don't want to buy a an enclosure for 80 gigs! What can I do? Please and thank you.

Posted by ficofeto 11 years ago


Since subscribing to Instructables I have found this to be one of the best and most interesting investments I have ever made.  I do offer a challenge to those interested in computer hardware.  I removed a Seagate 4.5 inch SATA hard drive from my old computer.  I would now like to recover some files from this hard drive.  However, I cannot find anywhere I can purchase a suitable hard drive enclosure which can be connected to and accessed by a computer through a USB port.  Seagate cannot help.  Is any subscriber to Instructables able to design and construct such an enclosure?  There must be a large number of people who have a similar problem.  Would anyone like to meet the challenge?

Posted by kalkat78 1 year ago

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?

Posted by NeonLime 10 years ago

flash drive and radio combined?

Does anyone know how to make an mp3 from portable radio and flash drive? thank you

Posted by redon12 10 years ago

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.

Posted by ultrauber 9 years ago

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?

Posted by gimmelotsarobots 10 years ago

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

Posted by fungus amungus 8 years ago

External hard drive problem

G'day, I have a WD 2Tb External Hard Drive.  It was working perfectly, now my 3 computers will not recognize it.  I have tried new cables etc.  I have tried everything I could think of.  I would appreciate some help please. Cheers Perry

Posted by Perry The pom 6 years ago

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

Posted by Metaferia 10 years ago

Does anyone know how to build this funny-looking USB drive?

Is there an existing instructable teaching how to do something like this:It's a usb drive, but looks like a broken USB cable. I saw that on eBay. :)Help! Thanks :D

Posted by erikboi 8 years ago

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!

Posted by Jonnyboy738 8 years ago

A week in a proper car.

I've been driving Womble for exactly a week now, and some things have occurred to me. I thought I'd share them, in no particular order.I enjoy driving again.Because I'm driving, not steering. No power steering, no servo brakes, I am in touch with what the car is doing every second I'm driving. I do something, and I get instant feedback. I'm suddenly redeveloping all the good driving habits I used to have - looking further ahead and watching traffic more, correct hand-position on the wheel, feeding the wheel through my hands as I turn, slowing with gears before brakes.It's a cliche, but it's seat-of-the-pants driving.I drove Kitewife's Focus a couple of days ago, it was a disaster! Taps the brakes, do an emergency stop - steer with two fingers, weave all over the road. There's no feedback, nothing to tell me by feel exactly how much braking I'm doing, or how fast the wheels are turning. I had to look at the dials to check the speed and watch the revs before changing gear.Modern cars, I have decided, are only one step short of video games.Maybe that's part of the reason for the rise in roadrage?There's no need to take pride or care, because the car does it all for you. Spend enough money, and the only thing that will kill you is if you drive at a tree. Even that may not be possible with radar-triggered brakes soon to become more common.If you have abdicated all responsibility for your safety to a mindless mechanism, who do you blame if something goes wrong? Where do you direct your anger? The only target left is the other driver.I seem to have joined a sub-culture.I'm not the only driver of a proper Mini in my area. I pass two or three every day. Amongst others, I've seen a white one, striped pink, with a bubbly blonde driving. I've seen a 70s Traveller in immaculate condition. Several jobbing Minis, in every-day-driving state, and a Mini wedged full of teenage lads, fully kitted out for racing, roll-cage and all.Every single one of them waved, flashed their lights or otherwise said "hello" as we passed. I have never seen drivers of other kinds of car do that. It's pretty good, getting a friendly wave from a stranger. It lifts your day, puts a smile on your face.It's like we share a happy secret. Minis attract comment more than cars that cost fifty times as much.If people see a Ferrari in the car park, they might nudge each other and make admiring comments, but if they see a Mini, they come over, say hello. On Saturday, a huge hairy rocker, returning to his big Japanese family car, children in tow, left his children in his car, and came over for a chat about the surprisingly roomy interior of my Mini, and an idle chat about the type of engine (single-point injection, if you're wondering).People might wish they could afford a supercar, but they are genuinely jealous of people who actually own a proper Mini.Everybody has a Mini in their closet.I'm not really a petrol head, and I don't work with petrol heads, but suddenly everybody wants to talk about cars. They all seem to have had an adventure in a Mini, their own or a friend's. Half of them regret having sold their Mini years ago.OK, so the old Minis don't meet modern safety rules. They're slow, utterly lacking in luxuries (my heater has two settings - on or off), but if somebody started building them new, using the original molds for the panels and frames (they still exist), and charged five or six thousand pounds a pop, they would make an absolute fortune.

Posted by Kiteman 9 years ago

My music playing Floppy drive!(Sound included)

After about 3 days, 2 days worth of Emails exchanged, And one day worth on setting up an OS, I finally got my floppy drive to play MIDI's! How i did it was, I saw this program called floppymidi, it was for BeOS, So i downloaded and installed BeOS(on an old 3GB HDD) now i got BeOS running and i installed floppyMIDI, After about 5 Confirmation messages i got it installed. Now i had to go on a hunt for a MIDI player that works for what i need, I found KMidPlay, But the links where broken, I contacted the site owner, he fixed the links, now i downloaded it and it could not run! After exchanging a few Emails he gave me another version of the program, It worked at last! I got it to play some of my favorite MIDI's, Onestop.mid, And Another. Here are the Original MIDI's and the recordings.(note: the first 2 are .MIDI's and the Last 2 are .wav files) Anyone got any midis that i can play?

Posted by ReCreate 9 years ago

Earn some Karma - Save my butt!

Okay, I've found users of this site to be some of the most industrious and handy people on the 'nets. So hear my plea: long story short, I dumped a significant amount of black tea (with cream) right into the vent of my Western Digital 1 TB external hard drive (luckily I'd unplugged it about 2 minutes ago). I'd just finished putting EVERYTHING that is mine and digital onto this, and a significant portion of other copies got deleted. Show me please your instructability on how to clean this confounded thing! I'm all ears... PS I'm a new member and if I get help with this I will post (tonight) my first instructable on a GUARANTEED heart-melting confection for Valentine's that's been in my family for years and years (and is delightfully simple to make). Thanks for your time -B **EDIT** Thanks for the responses guys, "wipe it off" is sage advice indeed. I was thinking though of somehting like an alcohol/water solution to rinse the affected area once I get home to my tools and see what went down. Thoughts?

Posted by Chomblebrown 10 years ago

L298N Information

I have a L298N Dual H-Bridge Motor Driver, which I believe is from SainSmart as it matches the one they are currently selling here exactly. The reason I am not 100% sure is that I picked mine at one of those stores that sells lost mail and packages and I only paid 50 cents for it. I have searched through many different instructables, and other places, but I am not finding the information that I want/need. I think I understand most the this little board except for the In1, IN2, IN3, & IN4. On the one I have these are jumpers. (See link above) My question is exactly what are these for and how do you set them up to use two DC motors (Not stepper motors). Also I have read that if the Vcc supply voltage is between 7Vdc and 35Vdc that the 5Vdc connection can be used as an output but I can't find anything that tells me how to set this up since I assume that if you can do this it can be used to power an Arduino or Raspberry PI ( I have an Uno Rev 3 & R-Pi3). Can anyone either tell about these things or point to a link so I can read about them myself. Thanks to all! MC

Posted by mbcharney 1 year ago

hard drive heat question

Which 3.5 ' ' drives run cooler ? hitachi western digital

Posted by 11010010110 9 years ago

I need an easy USB drive case for my drive.

Hello, I have a kingmax 8GB super mini flash drive, and need an easy, inexpensive case for it. If anyone can make me a guide on this, it would be greatly appreciated.

Posted by JBarnes640 9 years ago

old xbox dongle usb flash drive

 got bored last night

Posted by TheJaredWilkins 8 years ago

Show off your drive (and introduce yourself)

Hey guys. Like the charter says, I want you to show off your drive. If you don't have a pic, dont worry. Try to tell us some other way or just get one off the net. We're a fun place, not too serious. See ya in the forum!

Posted by Briguy9 9 years ago

Nested USB boards...

I am working on a DIY thumb drive.  I want one Flash drive sticking out each end of this casing. The two circuit boards will be nearly touching, nested, one on top of the other in opposite directions.  Should I be concerned, should I put something between them?

Posted by benjaminleebates 6 years ago

Nintendo Wii cd drive to SATA conversion

Hello everyone, I was wondering if someone could help me out with a problem I'm having, I'm trying to use a Nintendo Wii cd drive as an external cd drive(similar to the apple superdrive) and I was wondering if anyone has any idea how to convert it to either USB or SATA, I've spent hours online looking for solutions but all I could find was an Arduino forum with some pinouts, but I don't know what they mean. If anyone could help me out that would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Daniel http://forum.arduino.cc/index.php?topic=158745.0

Posted by daniel12354 1 year ago

question about hard drives and LED lights?

Hi guys, I'm trying to do this --> http://www.scribd.com/doc/3216005/Make-an-analogue-hard-drive-meter for a little jukebox/media centre I'm building. I have a basic VU meter all ready, and also a potentiometer. I've just pulled apart an external hard drive and I'm hoping to tap into the 'activity light' on the front to drive a simple VU meter.  It's a basic Western Digital external 1TB, but it has two little LEDs that flicker blue (alternately, but sometimes together!  Not sure what drives each light?!) and I'm just wondering what my next step is.  There's the basic hard drive, and a little SATA->USB controller board attached that features the two LEDs. I've attached a pic, sorry it's not great.  The Two LEDs are shining out from underneath the card, and you can see a little row of soldered connections on the topside of the board that run the LEDs, at the closest corner to us (the viewer). My question is: there appear to be 4 soldered connections on the two LEDs poking up.  What do I want to solder the VU meter to, and what are the risks to avoid?  Any comments/thoughts are welcome.  Thanks  :-)

Posted by zfh10 6 years ago

Floppy drive + Arduino = problem

Hello :D I am trying to read bits from floppy. For test I read only first bit on first track. Unfortunely I receive every time other state (11010001...). Program reads bit when index pin is LOW (FDD inform that disk did 360° spin). Please help :/ There is a help site (pseudo code): LINK

Posted by pokulan 2 years ago

Computer CD drive into a walkman

hey everyone this is my first post(i never realized there was a forum untill now). Heres the idea: ive got a bag of computer parts and among them is an old cd drive. its got a volume control and a headphone jack built into it. my idea is to put a rechargeable battery on it, turning it into the nerdiest walkman in history. my knowledge of computers is only slightly above basic so i was wondering how i can get it to play and switch to different songs. can i do this by making connections on the ribbon cable port, or is this whole project totally absurd?

Posted by Pyrowuzzup 10 years ago

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,

Posted by killerjackalope 10 years ago

XP && Ubuntu

OK I had a computer with XP and ubuntu, but i got tired of ubuntu so i made the mistake of just removing the partion. so the next time i boot up i get an error and can't access XP. now i'm not saying abound is a bad OS this is just my preference. so i wiped my comp and reinstalled Ubuntu. now here's the problem i have access to an iso image of windows but not the cd itself. and i have an 2Gb USB drive and a 500Gb removable drive. is there a way to install windows XP using either of these devices. or a way to get the dvd's to burn because every time i try i get an error

Posted by chrischavez 9 years ago

USB to network storage

My TV has a USB port for plugging in a thumb drive to play videos and music. As do several other devices Im aware of. What I would like is a device that when plugged into my TV or such  will pretend to be nothing more than a thumbdrive but actually be a wireless adapter that connects to my network and the 1TB network storage so I can access all my files at once.

Posted by darkorical 7 years ago

Another step towards human cyborgs - the finger drive.

A Finnish computer programmer who lost one of his fingers in a motorcycle accident has made himself a prosthetic replacement with a USB drive attached.Jerry Jalava uses the 2GB memory stick, accessed by peeling back the "nail", to store photos, movies and programmes.The finger is not permanently attached to his hand, so it can be easily left plugged into a computer when in use.Mr Jalava says he is already thinking about upgrading the finger to include more storage and wireless technology."I'm planning to use another prosthetic as a shell for the next version, which will have removable fingertip and RFID tag," he wrote on his blog, ProtoBlogr.net.Half of Mr Jalava's left ring finger had to be amputated last summer after he crashed into a deer while riding his motorbike near Helsinki.He says he was inspired to create the unique storage device when doctors treating him joked that he should have a USB "finger drive" after finding out that he was a software developer. More is apparently available on the inventor's blog, but it keeps timing out for me.BBC story

Posted by Kiteman 9 years ago