Wooden Hard Drive Case

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Project by 12ftguru posted 1043 days ago 1724 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently swapped out my old 250 gig hard drive in my laptop for a new hybrid 500Gig drive. I supposed I could have gone with a commercial case, but where’s the fun in that?

The case is Walnut and Quilted Maple.

It seems to me that this might be a neat thing to get streamlined and sell on etsy. Has anyone else done something like this? I would love to hear about different designs for fitting the hard drive effectible in the case.

Mine uses a small U shaped cutoff at the end of the Walnut bottom piece. This is screwed into the back of the case and rests against two small posts that are screwed into the back mounting holes of the hard drive.

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#1 posted 1043 days ago

That is neat to encase the HD in wood. I love anything in wood….........Jim

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#2 posted 1043 days ago

Very nice!

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#3 posted 1043 days ago

is it ventilated?

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#4 posted 1043 days ago

There is a vent gap at the top and bottom at the back of the case. Although I am not exactly certain how much of this is needed with modern drives. I have a Toshiba external drive that was manufactured in a sealed, air tight plastic case, no fan, no vent holes.

Personally, I figured I would ere on the side of caution. I know the 2.5 inch drives are a lot less finicky than the 5 inch drives about air flow.

Have you had issues with heat in your experience?

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#5 posted 1043 days ago

Nicely done :) I”ve got a bunch of those puppies kicking around. This gives me a solid idea.

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#6 posted 1043 days ago

Maybe giant wooden RAID Array?

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#7 posted 1043 days ago

Something like that. More of a wooden multi-bay cabinet with a built-in usb hub.

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#8 posted 1042 days ago

Well done!

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#9 posted 1042 days ago

It looks real nice. Even though there are no vent holes does not mean the outside of the case is not been designed as a heat sink. Just a thought. :)

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#10 posted 1039 days ago

I would run this one for a while before I mass produce. Make sure there are no critical data on it either. Heat build up will be bad for the drive and could split solid wood. I have had sealed drives also but they always had thin exteriors or air space. All that aside I love the case.

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#11 posted 275 days ago

That really caught my eye. Gorgeous!

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#12 posted 245 days ago

Cases are possible with SSD’s but I wouldn’t be putting mechanical drives inside there they’ll die just that much faster but beautiful case.

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