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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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:iconphoenixkeyblack:
phoenixkeyblack Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is absolutely epic ... Well done :D
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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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:iconwirecase:
Wirecase Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011
Another great piece, have you ever put your pieces up on BrassGoggles?
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:iconback2root:
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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:iconpsykomot:
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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:icontherael:
therael Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011
it's totally wicked! I just love the way it looks....
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:iconcarnival:
carnival Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
absolutely amazing decorations make~~ you truly have a gift ^_____^
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sweets8 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
omg, I totally love this one, wondered how you might do something larger than a small usb :XD: Awesome for sure :)

HAVE YOU SOLD THIS AND IF NOT HOW MUCH IS EEEET?? >:[

Also, I wonder if you've ever considered including the hands of a clock in there? Especially since you are getting them to move now? I'm guessing the concealed switch is where that handle/spring lookin' thing is, maybe?
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Yco-Rose Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
Wonderful o_O
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RicaPetrescu Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
All I can say is Desire to collect your work is only outweighed by the lack of funding such an obsession
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Leathurkatt-TFTiggy Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh I soooo want something like that! I'd park a 500gb drive in there, be about all I would honestly need for a portable drive.
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WarbyWasTaken Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
...Wooooooooooow!
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:iconaseika:
Aseika Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
if I had such a device like that i'd be the envy of all my fellow battlebuddies :P
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WipeoutMan92 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
That is so cool!
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Neutronia Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
I... I'm having difficulty articulating myself... I'd go Faustian for this.
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SpamDragon Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
That is freaken cool. You should upload a video of it.

Would love one for my immersion PC. The silver box the HDD is enclosed in doesn't fit the steampunk theme very well lol
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forrbrown Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011
I second the video! That would be great to see!
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PCGOD1 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
I like this, too. Have you gone big, I mean really big, like a PC case?
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:iconback2root:
back2root Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hi there, I'm seriously considering making a full Steampunk PC setup over the coming year - keep your eyes on this space because as soon as I create it, it will go on here!
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sweets8 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
I hope you use bigger gears! Otherwise you'll use up all your stock of little ones and it'll take a million years to finish :fear: (though, that would be sweet, it would boggle the eyes and you may well go mad after creating it and then where would we turn to get such awesome things made?! :omfg:)
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PCGOD1 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
That would be awesome!
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Sakaryn Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010
I think this sounds rly neat.
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Chinchilla-Girl Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010
0.0 fark you're a GENIUS!!!!!
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:iconrevolta:
revolta Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010
wow. Classy and steamy
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:iconjakobia:
Jakobia Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
It's truly a masterpiece, I only have one question for you:
HOW MUCH, Is my soul enough?
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Naasim Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
dude where do u sell these stuff!!!! i really wanna buy
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Liar-Fyre Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Wow, that's crazy impressive. Amazing work!
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:iconpaul-nasca:
Paul-Nasca Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010
Excellent use of brass and rivets!
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:iconbusina:
Busina Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing work. I can't even imagine how all this moves. Good luck with MK2!
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odosuiadan Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010  Professional Photographer
nice! really nice!!!
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:iconmisticloudz:
misticloudz Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
that is so awesome!! i was just waiting for you to come up with something that moved... can't wait to see v2.0!
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:iconhaius:
haius Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010  Hobbyist
It would be completely awesome to see, like, a youtube video of the drive when it's turned on.
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:iconcodeclown:
Codeclown Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010
I can only imagine how much that takes time and patience. Stunning.
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:iconsamarai:
Samarai Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
Kick-Ass!!!
Can't wait to see the Beta, as it were.
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:iconsojabird:
SojaBird Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
Dang you should not sell this :O
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:iconvoidskipper:
voidSkipper Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010
I've been waiting for you to do something like this.

Any chance of a video of the device in use?
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:iconrolytic:
Rolytic Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, that's really cool. Does it still work as a hard drive?
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TragediesBecomeFads Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010
ive been waiting for you to add motion :)

i cant wait for the mark2
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bug-in-my-eye Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010
gorgeous!

It's amazing that you can get it all the pieces to move. I can't even wrap my head around how to do that with all those random parts! Wonderful work. :]
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moorchilde Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Very cool. :) How big is it?
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Draconis-Wyrm Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010   Writer
:eager: Pritty!
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:icondeath6669:
death6669 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
thats hot... that is REALLY hot
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dragonfriend7738 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010
I knew it was only a matter of time before you got into this phase. Your work is absolutely astounding.
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:iconseaphire:
Seaphire Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, that is just awesome. Seriously. Awesome.
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Random-Star Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic! Very unique, very creative, and incredibly gorgeous. Good job, once again!
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