5-Minute Project: Homemade Hard Drive

Re-purpose that beater laptop into a shiny new external hard drive

Sure, external hard drives aren’t exactly scarce these days, but while the price point has come down a lot, they’re still not cheap. Enter the hard drive case. For just a fistful of dollars, you can pick up a case that (almost) instantly transforms your old internal hard drive into a new storage unit. As Deputy Editor Jake Ward demonstrates here, putting it together is a piece of cake. In the end, you’ll have a great-working hard drive, not to mention a few dollars more. Just, keep an eye out for the tiny screws.

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