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Mechanical HDD Prototype 1 by back2root Mechanical HDD Prototype 1 by back2root
This is my first attempt at a 'fully functioning' mechanical USB device.

Its currently got a 250GB (but it can have up to 2TB) 2.5" external drive enclosed in a Comb jointed Macassar walnut chassis. Its made up of well over 140 individual parts and it has around 12 moving cogs/gears. When the drive is plugged into the USB, the cogs start to slowly rotate & continue too until either the device is ejected or you turn off the motion with the concealed switch.

As it was the first, it took around 80-100 hours to complete & I still class it very much as a prototype as opposed to a 'final' product.

I've already started work on the MK2 which is going to be something really special!

I'm hoping to include: A 'Ticking' motion rather than permanent rotating action. The gears on the MK2 will only operate then the drive is 'active' & there will be many other moving part's as well as the cogs/gears etc


Here is a video of the hard drive working [link]


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weimasha Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
How much is it? I will so buy that from you!
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Zimriver Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
this is SOOO cool!!
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AllexiaLeeBeaumont Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
Amazing. I want lessons lol. Must be a fascinating journey to create something like this
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mon4man Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
WTF that is one of the single most coolest things i have ever seen!
must have been hard to do.
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Wirecase Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011
Another great piece, have you ever put your pieces up on BrassGoggles?
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back2root Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hi There, I signed up to Brass Goggles at the begging of the year just after I completed my 'iPoise' prototype. but since then due to my workload I've not been able to be as active as I would like. Its something I'm definitely going to try & become more involved in, in the coming months.
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BigBrassGuns Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
great work!
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Lluminus Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Student General Artist
you sir, are a legend among legends
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Psykomot Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Your work is wonderfull, i like the guitare on your gallery (my bass seems to be so bland when i look at it now!). You wed wood and metal with great style...bravo
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therael Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011
it's totally wicked! I just love the way it looks....
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