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post #1 of 14
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Heylo,

Im gonna have a bash at modding a Hdd to have a lit up window, displaying the platter and arm having fun inside!

I have attatched a pic of the case already chopped and a lazy man's wirting diagram for the lights that will be mounded on the inside. I was going to use plastic from a CD case but i was too stupid to realise this case has 10mm too much space for a CD case :S

I am an amature electrician, and i have no idea if that wiring is correct. Also, do you think i could put it into the same 12v feed as the hdd input?

I will take it to work tomorrow and wire it up. hopefully get some paint on it too, i dunno weather to go for red fading to black or black fading to blue for the paint. and suggestions?

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I hope you don't get dust or ANYTHING in the hdd body itself...it's easy for that junk to just completely stop working. Any tiny particle and you're screwd.
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post #3 of 14
i wouldnt recommend it mate. not unless u have a fully operating clean room in ur backyard. hard drives are meant to be clean and without any foreign particle intrusions. one mistake and u can say bye bye to the baby.
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post #4 of 14
Like others have said This should be done in A clean room with the minimal amound of dust in aswel..if anythig gets into the working mechanics of the HDD then you may get problems.
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its only an 8Mb hdd, i just want the effect other than dust, what else can be a problem? can hdd failure kill my system any other way?
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naw.. hdd failure will just kill itself unless something big gets stuck inside and the drive shortcircuits itself and the psu away. 8MB??? lol
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post #7 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by cyrixMII300
naw.. hdd failure will just kill itself unless something big gets stuck inside and the drive shortcircuits itself and the psu away. 8MB??? lol
I think hes sayin 8MB cache??? If its actually 8MB total thats from like the early 80's late 70's....lol and im sure they were a different interface unusable on any modern system.
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u r making me think basil .... LOL
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post #9 of 14
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8GB, doh! im an idiot today.
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post #10 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by Double Helix
8GB, doh! im an idiot today.
Thats better lol and no if the HDD dies it wont affect the rest of your system
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