Turn Old-School Apple Floppy Drive into an External HDD Enclosure

Just curious: you any of you Apple fans out there still have a old-school Mac lying around, collecting dust. If you do, have you been trying to find a way to make good use of that floppy drive that died long ago (and I actually mean FLOPPY, not those 3.5” so-called “floppy” disks)? Well then, you can take that useless (formerly useless now) external “floppy” drive from Apple (or Commodore 64’s ACTUAL floppy drive, or whatever) and exchange its innards with that of an external HDD to give your modern storage solution a vintage and retro look!  

Instructables user johnmueller walked through the simple process of opening up his retro Apple floppy drive, removing the internal drive’s components, opening his external HDD device, removing the drive and the interior chassis, and finally installed the interior chassis, HDD, and cables in the vintage floppy drive casing. As straightforward and simple as this modification is, he did include some extra changes, such as cutting a few extra holes in the back of the floppy drive and added a HDD activity LED light. As a nice finishing and decorative touch, he cut down a 3.5-inch floppy diskette and glued it into the floppy drive, adding a little color to that old beige box and easily identifies the projects as a piece of classic technology.

[Thanks Instructables]

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