Visit the New Technabob Shop!Get Technabob in Your Mailbox Every Day! Join our Mailing List!
Awesomer Media Sites: THE AWESOMER | MIGHTYMEGA | 95OCTANE
subscribe to our rss feedsubscribe via e-mailfollow technabob on twittertechnabob facebook fan pageGoogle+follow us in feedly
Follow Us:

The USB Floppy Disk

by Paul Strauss

A while back, I told you guys about some CD-R disks that look like old 3.5″ floppies. In the story, I said that I’d much rather have a 3.5″ floppy USB drive, and Technabob reader Charles Mangin of Option8 has now indulged us with one.

usb_floppy_disk_1

In order to pull off this hack, Charles had to stack components of two old 3.5″ floppies so there would be enough height to accommodate the storage of the USB connector.  Inside the drive are the guts of one of those business card style USB drives.

usb_floppy_disk_3

Charles managed to precisely align the drive’s activity light with the old floppy’s write-protect switch, so there’s a little blinking red LED in there now. It looks like the disk is an old IBM PS/2 reference disk, but I doubt that he bothered copying those files to his flash drive.

usb_floppy_disk_2

Best thing about hacks like this one is that it looks like it really wouldn’t be that hard to make one for yourself – now that Charles has paved the way with his creativity.

Check out more pics over at Charles’ USB Floppy flickr album.




Comments (10):

  1. Ant says:

    Clever. He should make and sell these. Heh. I still have and use 3.5″ floppy disks and drives. ;)

  2. option8 says:

    thanks for the post! i’m already working on some revisions to this with another USB drive. i’ll post pictures soon.

  3. b0k1 says:

    ask for patent on this stuf to protect your work :)

  4. krx says:

    HAHAHAHA 100% FAIL!!!!!!

  5. option8 says:

    i’ve retooled the original project and created a how-to video for a slimmer, one-floppy version. the howto video is here:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojNYill9oBM

    share and enjoy!

Post a Comment:

Want a personal avatar on your comments? Sign up for a free Gravatar now!

Note: All comments with links in them will be held for moderation in order to prevent spam, so you may not see your post appear immediately.


« Previous
Next »

Our Latest & Greatest Posts...

Grow Your Own Literal Beer Garden

Grow Your Own Literal Beer Garden

Cancer Victim Gets Custom Mask with the Help of 3D Printing

Cancer Victim Gets Custom Mask with the Help of 3D Printing

Computer Component Bugs: Wasteamorphosis

Computer Component Bugs: Wasteamorphosis

Doctor You: Wear Your Name on a Gallifreyan Pendant

Doctor You: Wear Your Name on a Gallifreyan Pendant

Make Your Own Mini Star Wars BB-8 Droid

Make Your Own Mini Star Wars BB-8 Droid

Win Prizes in the Technabob Shop

More from Awesomer Media...

The Awesomer Logo MightyMega Logo 95octane Logo