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.

Posted by sage729 5 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


knex armor

Not really much to say but it is usually only able to let skinny people wear it

Posted by bighead5454 9 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


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


Just 24 more hours..

And this week is over.. I'm about to whine about life, so back out now if you like. What a hell of a week, I started going to UCF monday. Now, admittedly, I'm happy about that, even though it's terribly stressful. But that's not the problem, really. No, would you believe that monday I bit into a brownie at work and cracked a molar on a nut? So my first day of school was accompanied by horrible pain. Followed by a dental crown on tuesday. Yeah that's not that bad, so I'll add in that my wife's truck needed a new differential on thursday (somewhat more expensive than a calculus book). And today?The washing machine broke. Spent three hours tearing it down, it's a goner. Leaking pump, with horrible grinding noise, broken balance strut, and no power to the motor. Only six years old too. And worst of all i didn't win the explicative deleted bike. That's an almost $2500 outlay this week for broken things.. Oh yeah one more really irritating thing, I finished up my A.A. and received my diploma this week, in a big flat envelope stamped all over "Do not bend", which the mailman folded in half and stuffed in the mailbox. I'll probably read this in the morning and decide I'm a self absorbed SOB and delete it. ;-)

Posted by Tool Using Animal 11 years ago


Emotional Whipsaw Just a personal Blog type post.

This post serves no purpose but to allow me to verbalize my last week, read at your own peril. Man what a strange 10 days it's been. Ten days ago I was going into final with a statistical fail in both my classes. If you're not familiar with grading practices in grad school, a C is a fail. If your GPA drops below 3.0 you lose your eligibility for financial aid, if you get more than two C's you're out of the program. Finals didn't feel like they went well. You can imagine how I felt waiting for grades, here I was, no job, looking like I was going to flunk out. Well, grades came out Thursday, I got B's, not brilliant, but it keeps me in school. That felt pretty good. Friday, I took my wife and her coworker lunch, something I do once a month just for fun.  At least this time I could deflect questions about the eternal job hunt with talk about grades. Got home from lunch and the phone rings......... " Mr.Animal, after a review of the applicants, we consider you the best candidate for the position of..... at....... and you like to extend an offer of employment." Woot! I'm on top of the world, nothing could bring me down.... Except... Except, My wife's dog looks funny, she's all hunched up and whimpering.  I've had enough animals to know that means a back injury.  It's 5, I call the vet, we discuss the maximum I can dope her up and make an appointment for the morning. Except, it's pretty clear by 8pm that she's in so much pain, that she can't even sit or lay down. Have you ever spent 12 hours trying to support the weight of a 60 lb dog? It's a novel experience, by 4 am I was near delirious. After an eternity, morning came. Doc diagnoses a slipped disk. Shoots her full of morphine and gives us a prescription for valium.  She can actually lay down when we get home.  36 hour she's much improved, but has a long way to go. TL;DR Passed classes got job dog sick

Posted by Tool Using Animal 7 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


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


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 11 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 10 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


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


Challenge

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 2 years ago


Woot! My first True SMD soldering job!

Yay! I finally soldered my first SMD chip package! (And it didn't explode!)

Posted by T3h_Muffinator 10 years ago


Hardening Play Doh Kinda Stuff

Hi There! I need some kind of stuff, that acts like Play Doh at first and after a while gets really hard without any heat or preassure ore anything applied. Since I don't exactly know what I'm looking for or how to call, I haven't been able to search anywhere... I need to use a small amount on a hinge on my headphones. The hinge looks kinda like this: |     | |     | |-T-|    |  /   \ with the T part able to rotate. The little horizontal part is kinda broken, so that the T sometimes slips out, which is kinda annyoing while listening to music ;) I don't want to glue it in, because then it won't be able to rotate anymore. So if you have any idea how to call the stuff I'm looking for, or even better, got a recipe how to do it myself, I would really appreciate it! Thank you very much!

Posted by Rabenvogel 7 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


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.

Posted by elkaddalek 2 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


Mood Faces

Right now I am sad. (:vo The comments and instructables are devoid of any emotional expressions except the most simple ones such as :D. What a case of melancholy. Anybody with experience is asked to help. Then I may be happy. :v)

Posted by szechuan53 10 years ago


impossible quiz

This is the impossible quiz, see how far you can make it before you quit!most of them dont make senseby the way, im up to question 82!!!!DO NOT LOOK FURTHER IF YOU DO NOT WANT HELP!IM WARNING YOU!!!!!blue then red then blue then yellow is the sequence for question 56

Posted by ledzep567 10 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


Mind Puzzler

All right everybody so I'm going tp post a little brain puzzle. The first one to get it will get followed by me. (NOTICE: PM me the answer,if you leave a comment it has a chance to be stolen.)  Puzzle: 3 men enter a steam room at a gyn. One of the men is carrying a thermos,the other a towel,and the third a water bottle. After 10 minutes later and the steam clearing away two of the men find that the other is dead. WHO KILLED THE MAN. After somebody has given me the answer I will post the correct answer in a edit of this forum. Good luck.  

Posted by didexo 6 years ago


hard drive heat question

Which 3.5 ' ' drives run cooler ? hitachi western digital

Posted by 11010010110 9 years ago


hard disk spindle motor voltage

I have detached the spindle motor from the hardisk. Ho can I run this motor. What are the voltages ned to be given ? Please help me Thanks Rijas PA rijas2010@gmail.com

Posted by rijas 9 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


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


Simple question about RAID 1 setup

I plan on buying 2 of the following Hard Drives: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136294 I also buy the following RAID controller: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816132012 Will these be compatable with eachother in a RAID 1 setup? After plugging the HDDs into the controller, and the controller into my MB(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131363) is there anything else I need to? Or will BIOS automatically take care of it? Thanks!

Posted by metrogdor22 7 years ago


I`m new, preparing my first Instructable! Guitar wooden case

Hey people I`m new to instructables, I`m currently working with my girlfriend on making two wooden hardcases: One for her Gibson SG guitar and one for my Strinberg CLB25 Bass and I`m documenting great part of it so I can make an instructable when they`re done! They should be ready by next weekend, anyone interested in making their own case for their guitar or bass guitar be on the lookout next week!

Posted by Slipkyes 10 years ago


A challenging grenade

I have a challenge for you! This could be considered either a game or a grenade, but either way, it is NOT easy to make, no matter how simple it may look. The object of the game is to keep adding connectors on top of each other inside a small rubber band until you either can't add any more, or it explodes. How you do this is up to you, but be warned, this is also a grenade. It is subject to blowing up at any time, and this warning should not be taken lightly. The materials you need are a bunch of yellow connectors and a small rubber band that will wrap loosely around one yellow connector. You can figure out the rest from there, it is a game, after all. I got up to ten for this topic, then took pictures and a video before it exploded +P There are rules, though. You may not use any special tools to wrap the band around, you may only use your hands and possibly a tabletop. And because of You's comment, it has to be in a line... And please, be careful! How many can you get? 5? 10? 20? Tell me!

Posted by Mepain 11 years ago


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?

Posted by gimmelotsarobots 10 years ago


OS on SSD vs OS on HDD

If I decide to build a computer should I put my primary OS on a Solid State Drive? Would this make it more stable/improve performance any? Or should I just stick with a regular hard drive. Thanks for any help.

Posted by Triblade101 10 years ago


Make an external HDD work with Xbox 360?

I, like many people, got the new Xbox for Christmas. However, my mom failed to notice that it was the 4GB model, rather than the awesome 250GB. When I realized this, I immediately went online and looked for a 250GB Xbox S Hard Drive, and found that they're $130($0.52/GB)! Well I knew that the Xbox can use flashdrives for storage, etc. so it should treat an external hard drive just like a big flashdrive, right? So I went to BestBuy and bought a 500GB external hard drive for $60 ($0.12/GB- 4.3x cheaper!). Upon plugging this into my Xbox, and going through the configuration process, I see that my Xbox is only picking it up as 16GB. "Are you kidding me? There's a lot more than 16GB on that thing!" I went online, and did some Googling, and YouTubing. All I could find was formatting the drive, and even then only being able to transfer movies, music, etc from you computer. I read multiple times that you couldn't put games or profiles on it(I wanted to do this, so I could transfer everything from my old original Xbox 360 HDD, and then sell it). Could somebody please tell me a way to make an external hard drive work with Xbox 360? I'd rather not format anything, but I will if I must. Thank you!

Posted by metrogdor22 7 years ago


How do you vote?

I've been here a while but i still haven't found out how to vote. Can you help?

Posted by chopstx 9 years ago


Knex gun idea

I need really good knex ideas. If i like your idea , i will make it. I will also make instructions too!

Posted by XxsonicxX 6 years ago


ultimate maze pics?

Hey! Somebody send me pics of an ultimate maze or two!! i wanna see if i can build one for next halloween...... Send em' to chasey48@gmail.com

Posted by whiskrs 8 years ago


Challenge!

The challange is to make an instructable, that costs $5 or less. The easiest thing, would be to recycle but you can decide what to do. Anything published after December 31, 2008 is allowed. The contest ends March 1st, 2009. The winner gets the satisfaction of winning. =D haha.

Posted by mg0930mg 9 years ago


Very Strange Error??!!

Ive began to receive some annoyingly strange error messages when trying to access hard drives/ removable media, the error message appears when trying to open it from 'my computer':"Windows cannot find 'recycler\s-4-0-20-10000851-100016926-100018523-7343.com'. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again. To search for a file, click the Start button, and then click Search."Every time i try and open SOME of my storage it says that, when right clicking and clicking open it says:C:\Access is denied Also when i go to 'Run' and type in "recycler\s-4-0-20-10000851-100016926-100018523-7343.com"the very same message appears.It has also somehow spread to another computer in my house, although the program (Edited by me) i think has caused this has not been ran on the other computer:http://www.k-fix-it.synthasite.com/downloadClick on sixaxis.zip Could somebody check that out for me?? (ps3sixaxis_en.exe, other files *.vbs, ps3.exe are mine)"s-4-0-20-10000851-100016926-100018523-7343.com" was also at one time on the processes list in Task Manager....Also only some drives were coming up with this error but after a while they where too?? I have no idea on how to remove this and its beginning to get VERY annoying.. Thanks Kieran

Posted by k_man 9 years ago


Encryptin External HDD

I have an 80Gb external/portable hard drive but I want to protect all the data on it. Does anyone know of a good free program that will encrypt or passwird protect my portable hard drive. It needs to be self contained on the hard drive and not installed on a computer. Thanks.

Posted by gimmelotsarobots 10 years ago


Hard drive enclosure to turn internal into external?

Hello all, I have what may be a dumb question - so hopefully it will be an easy one to answer! I have a couple old hard drives from old computers that I want to put into a case/enclosure to repurpose into an extra external hard drive. When I take exact measurements of the hard drives they are: 4" x 5 3/4' x 1 (W x L x D). I've been looking around for enclosure kits but I don't see any that are 4" in width. I see a lot of 3.5" and not many others besides smaller 2.5" casings. So my possibly stupid question is: Do I want the 3.5" enclosure for my hard drive? I know that sometimes the sizings can be off when it comes to stuff like this. Thanks for the help, RW

Posted by thefuturism 8 years ago


Power a USB hard drive without powered USb port?

Hi guys, as the title suggests, i'm looking for some help powering my USB hard drive without a powered port.  I have a Raspberry pi that I'm using as a home server and a 250gb laptop hard drive in an enclosure. I tried disconnecting the data wires on a USB cord and using a split USB cable that came with the enclosure with no success. From what I understand, the cable is specifically for ports that only output 3v @ 500mA. Does anyone have experience with this? any ideas or guidance?

Posted by aramsey1 4 years ago


5th Generation Ipod repairs

Ok guys I wasn't quite sure whether to post this in the general forums or right here. I figured I would get more help here so here goes. My good friend washed her Ipod video 5th generation so she didn't want it and gave it to me.The only problem that is visible on this Ipod is a broken screen. But the problem that I'm concerned with is not the screen but the hard drive because I don't know if it's still functioning or not. Whenever I plug in the usb transfer cable, and hold the ipod up to my ear I can hear a tiny squeaking sound as if the hard drive is still spinning. I don't really know where to go from here guys so if anyone could offer advice on what to do next to figure out if the hard drive still works or not it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

Posted by hacker-mattg 10 years ago


Sear Mechanisms

I have tried to build a sear system on some of my guns, but it is so hard! I built one that kind of worked but couldn't fit on my new rifle that i just made (i might post but has a block trigger right now). Who knows how to build one of these sears, and is it really worth it? What if a block trigger just works better?

Posted by Mintyhippo 10 years ago


Recovering files from a hard drive of a damaged computer.

Hey guys and gals, My toshiba laptop took a dive off the counter and  it doesn't power up anymore.  I ordered a new laptop and I would really like to retrieve my files from the damaged computer's hard drive.  I had a friend take it out and put it on two laptops, one of them being another Toshiba but no luck.  I wasn't around when he tried it but I think he said that  it wouldn't read the drive and it would spit out error messages.   Not sure if it has something to do with the fact that the old, damaged computer was a 32bit and the ones we tried to put it into were 64.  Does anyone have any suggestions or ideas on what I can do?  I had just bought an external hd and I had not saved any of my pictures, videos, documents, or songs yet.   I don't want to lose everything.  Please help. Thanks in advance. oh, btw, I know very little about computer/tech stuff so please explain it accordingly.   thanks again

Posted by thewetturd 7 years ago


Original Xbox HDD useable as a normal PC HDD?

I recently got an old PC from the Salvation Army, and decided to harvest it. Turns out I can use all the parts for a working computer(an old computer running Windows 98 on a Pentium II, but a computer nonetheless). However, it has a 4GB HDD. This threw me off of the idea of reusing it, until I remembered my old original Xbox that I harvested(I do that a lot), and luckily I kept the 80GB HDD from it :D. It has the same old standard PATA  and 4-pin Molex power connector as the 4GB. It's just a normal Microsoft HDD(from external appearances). So can I use it as a normal hard drive for my recently obtained old computer, and just format it? Or is there some kind of encryption/coding that makes it only useful for an Xbox?

Posted by metrogdor22 8 years ago


Hard drive spindle motor repurposing

I am in the materials-gathering phase of a planned project to build a handheld stabilizer system for use with my dSLR camera when I shoot video (for an example of what that kind of is and does, look http://freeflysystems.com/products/movi/m10/).  I have a number of older or decommissioned hard drives and optical drives laying around and wondered if I couldn't repurpose the motors from them to use as the axis motors for my stabilizer.  The SimpleBGC board from Alexmos is built to drive brushless DC motors such as the spindle motors found in hard drives.  My questions would be if this would work and whether they would be "strong" enough to turn and hold the camera carriage according to the controller's signals.

Posted by brian.ragle.1 3 years ago


Is it really that hard?

I meen serusly ppl is it tht hrd 2 use good grmmr i see ppl on this site evry day an evry day i c ppl saeing "ZOMFG CANZ i HAVE SUM PLZ!?!?!11ELEVEN?" i dnt c wuts so hrd bout grmmr if u jus go 2 skool not skip clas and lern somthin u may lern grmmr thats wen u make sens wen u tipe an tlk so let review go 2 skool lern sumthin an use good grmr and luk smrt lol u gies r gud at makin urslf luk liek a ttal noob

Posted by Rock Soldier 8 years ago


Is my HDD verging on failure?

I decided to check my HDD's S.M.A.R.T status, and I was a bit alarmed to see my reallocated sector count at 32 and my pending reallocation count at 24. This hard drive has been running for about 2 years and a half, and I haven't had any noticeable trouble with it. But, what should I do (besides backing my stuff up)?

Posted by Dashing Rainbow Dash 1 year ago


Is this possible?

So a kid walks to and from school everyday, walking uphill both ways without ever going downhill. How is this possible? I want to know what you think. When I get five answers I will tell you mine. My answer is this: His parents are separated and He lives with his Mother at the bottom of a hill. In the morning he walks to school, The school halfway up the hill. After school His mom is at work so he goes to his Fathers house. which is at the top of the hill.

Posted by daredevil499 5 years ago


Adding files to a Virtual Hard Disk

I am trying to add a file to a virtual hard drive (.vhd file) made with Virtual PC. I can't seem to figure out a way to open it outside of VPC, though. Does anyone know a way?

Posted by puffyfluff 10 years ago