How To: Tweak a old hard drive into a flash memory hard drive

Tweak a old hard drive into a flash memory hard drive

How to Tweak a old hard drive into a flash memory hard drive

MAKE and Kipkay brings the do-it-yourself mindset to all the technology in your life. Make Magazine celebrates your right to tweak, hack, and bend any technology to your own will.

In this video tutorial episode of Weekend Projects with Kipkay, you'll learn how to tweak a old hard drive into a flash memory hard drive. You can easily take an old outdated hard drive and teach it new secret tricks by increasing it's capacity and speed. Four small flash drives will be needed for this project, among other things.

Check out the original article in MAKE, Volume 17, or check out the "gmgfarrand" original Instructable.

16 Comments

I think the guy is retarded. Why doesn't he make a cassette player into a "hard drive"? Or a rock?

what you end up with a 32Gb Hd for $120 or more when you can buy a 250Gb HD with case for less than $100 you are retarded!!!!

Maybe His Pc Got Jammed But The Hard Drive IS Still In-tact So He Just Made Use Of It @_@ Think People Think!!!

AM FROM THE VILLAGE AN SO MUCH INTRESTED IN BUILDING A SOLAR SYSTEM THAT WILL LIGHT MY HOUSE AS WELL AS MY COMMUNITY . IF ONLY ANY ONE CAN HELP ME GIT THIS DREAM INTO REALITY I9 WILL BE GLADE.

Why does this have a good rating?! Its the most retarded thing I've ever seen. What he created is essentially an external drive that took a lot of money and time and looks like a piece of crap.

Why don't I make a video on how to buy a bunch of expensive flash drive and glue them together instead of just buying one nice external drive.

Wow, "not only have we doubled the capacity of this drive", we've also achieved taking an already cluttered file system, and make it....you guessed it, more cluttered!!! Now if only we could figure out a way to unclutter our DIY project...but that's a project for next weekend:D
So I was right and this guy doesn't only insult musician geeks, like in his "Strung Out" project, he's insulting all geeks. Way to go.

you can now convert basic drives to dynamic drive in windows 7.

wtf was that?

not useful buying new hard disk is cheaper than doing that

You can do that with your flash drives if you can mod them for RAID and your motherboard has a RAID controller, though I wouldn't recommend it. Just one of the drives in the RAID-0 array fails, you lose all the info on both drives.

Setting up a RAID-0 array will basically make the computer see both drives as one huge drive, and the RAID-0 array can be partitioned the way you mentioned. But again, I strongly recommend against doing this.

i need more information about any projects

It is a pretty silly project, more like one of those "just Cuz I could" projects. I imagine that the random seek r/w performance is worse than mid 90's HDD specs, lol. Just an opened 4 port USB hub. You can get a 120GB SSD SATA II for around $80.. Remember kids, just because you can doesn't mean you should!

OK, this seems to be just a bit of a waste of time. Why not just buy a SSD?

Also, it's a bit wasteful shucking a flash drive just to throw it into an old HDD case - probably better saving that effort for upgrading non-spinny storage in a netbook (which I've done, ditching a 160GB spinny thing and hardwiring a 64GB flash onto the primary USB at the board. Everything is inside the box and there's room for more when I get around to shucking that 4-port hub I just happen to have lying in a drawer, which even if it's fully populated still uses less juice than a spinny thing!)

incidentally, I just bought a 1TB USB3 pocket hard drive for £65. Strangely, the controller seems to be built directly onto the drive - the rattail connects directly to the board.

To make it all the flash drive under 1 icone why dont u try wiring the flash drives to gether like all the left side wires together and the same to the right side

The to center wires are the electricity the outer wires are for the data

Exp
----data
----dc v
----dc v
---- data

Tell me if this works

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