USB flashdrive in a cassette tape case mod

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  1. oculi

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    Im sure this has been done many times before, and if it belongs in storage please move it there.

    was kinda reminded to do something liek this when i saw the fallout new vegas poker chip thing recently, then bought a stereo with some free tapes that were never going to get used.

    the doner is a shitty rubbish kingston 8 gig DT mini flahsdrive, i didnt look at it before i bought it and it was always coming open in my pocket and would never make a good connection with USB ports as well as being possible to put in upside down, so this is actually primarily a practical mod. and it will be harder to lose because it is big too.


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    the parts, USB to USBsomething cable, cassette and crap flashdrive

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    dismantled key

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    hollowed out cassette.... cassette and removed tape to make room for the stuff to fit inside (no photo of the wires soldered to the key, but i just buzzed them out, tinned the contacts and wires and then soldered them together)

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    ready for business

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    stealth mode, dont think it will fit in a tape player but nobody owns one anymore so thats ok. have the case for it too that it fits in.


    should probably write "this is not a tape" or something on it so it doesnt get chucked out but will see how that goes.
     
  2. Seith

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    It's so lame it's awesome :Pirate:.
     
  3. Silvion

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    That's nice and retro :D
    Love itt
     
  4. panman9

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    How is it lame?
    I reckon its pretty dam good actually
     
  5. jaminkle

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    This is awesome!
    I did this with a snes control a few years ago.
     
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    cheers for the replies, it works really well but whenever its plugged in i go "what is that tape doing there" and go to throw it away.
     
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    Nice one :) that's a pretty cool USB mod there :) I like it and wouldn't mind one of those myself :)
     
  8. _the_duke_

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    Beta cassette next???
     
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    oculi

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    for a USB hard drive maybe, or a USB hub full of USB sticks. never had anything to do with beta.
     
  10. don256us

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    I would like to see how you made the connection between the drive and the cable. I like this mod. Its inventive and imaginative.
     
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    Thought I had seen a simmilar thing somewhere, did a search for it and found this one :)

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    Source
     
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    lol this is the worst soldering ever

    http://www.data-recovery-experts.com/images/repair-usb-solder-points.jpg

    gords edit: Do not hotlink pics you are not hosting yourself.

    i just buzzed out the contacts on the cable to each wire with a multimeter then wrote them down and soldered them together, the wire solders very easily to the USB contacts if you pre-tin both wire and pad but you probabky dont even have to do that, having a good iron helps.
     
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  15. Dark_Merlin

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    Oh wow.. that is some nice soldering you have there :Paranoid:
     
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    not mine, i'm not too bad at the old lead melting. that's just the pic someone posted above with [​IMG]
     
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    Forget all teh negative comments mate. That is a wicked idea for a mod. I'm now thinking about doing something similar with a VHS tape and 2.5" HDD
     
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    oculi

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    i don't mind the negative comments, people are bound to be jelly of something so awesome. :leet:

    oh sorry gords, forgot the old no hotlinking thing.

    next time ill take a photo of my adequate soldering skills.
     
  19. MorgzMods

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    Please do :) i did a bit of soldering, then gave up because i had NFI. and a cheapo iron too...

    I think that's a bloody brilliant idea mate. well done :)
     

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