How to Transform Your Old Hard Drive into Tech Art

How to Transform Your Old Hard Drive into Tech Art

Vivian Kim
Sep 1, 2010

If you've been looking for some tech decor to incorporate into your geek domain and just so happen to have an old broken hard drive lying around, there's a relatively easy and inexpensive way to transform that hard drive into modern tech art. We'll show you how to take on this quick DIY project using a screwdriver, some adhesive, and a box frame, after the jump.

What You Need:

  • Box Frame
  • Old Hard Drive
  • Adhesive (Foam tape or glue)
  • T9 and T15 Torx Screwdriver

*Any box frame with a depth of about 1-1/2" will do, and the dimensions of the frame are entirely up to you. In this case I used an old Ikea frame I had laying around with dimensions of about 6" x 6".

1. Take apart the hard drive using T9 and T15 torx screwdrivers (it's easier than it looks!). Basically just unscrew everything, and look out for some essential screws that may be hidden under stickers.

2. Carefully remove the disc, actuator, actuator arm and spindle from the casing.

3. Using whatever adhesive you prefer (I used foam tape), tape the back of the spindle to the inside of the box frame's backing.

4. Place the disc, actuator, etc. onto the spindle and from there the arrangement is really up to you. If the background color isn't to your liking, you can change it up with some colored paper. You now have some spiffy tech art to decorate your space!

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