The following 15 DIY USB hard drives should be a the top of every self respecting geeks to-do list.
1. Top Gun VHS USB Hard Drive
If you loved the Tom Cruise movie, Top Gun, then you are certain to want this VHS-disguised USB hard drive to hide your super-sensitive data among those other old VHS tapes you are saving to re-watch someday. A bizarre hard drive, but clever too because what identify thief would think to search through those ancient VHS tapes searching for your banking information?
2. Hard drive created from Leather
If you are the average messy geek, you may find this leather covered hard drive doesn’t match the pizza-box laden decor of your work area too well, but you will want one for yourself nonetheless. Made by recycling leather upholstery, a Western Digital hard drive is encased with class while the much-needed vents are left exposed on the back to ensure proper operating temperature is not exceeded.
3. French Novel Hard Drive
This bizarre USB hard drive modification was created by taking the book “Seven French Novels” which the guy found super-cheap. You then spend the next few hours cutting and gluing only the corners of the pages in order to create a snug little pocket for a hard drive to snuggle into while also providing sufficient ventilation to ensure the drive doesn’t overhead, leaving the final story, The Count of Monte Cristo, completely intact. If you want to really hide your data from snooping eyes in your room, this is the geeky DIY you need to try; after all, who really reads “Seven French Novels” anyway?
4. USB KFC Chicken Burger
If you love Kentucky Fried Chicken’s tasty greasy chicken burger, you’ll want this USB hub hidden in a very realistic chicken sandwich.
Admittedly, the truly hard core of bizarre geek-ware fans may want to wait for a USB hub in a KFC Double Down but for those who want it now, grab this affordable solution immediately. Make sure you don’t leave it on your desk with nothing plugged in or it could get accidentally thrown away
5. Super NES Hard Drive – Super Ghouls and Ghosts – 500 GB
Super Ghouls and Ghosts, the vintage SNES game, has been custom packaged into a super geeky bizarre USB hard drive; you just pay for the 640, 500, or 320 GB drive and you’re ready to go with the re-purposed game.
6. Steampunk USB Drive – Copper and Patina
Copper patina finish makes this bizarre 32 GB Steampunk Sandisk retractable USB drive unique; plus the three drive gears all move in perfect conjunction. The operating USB drive lights up the copper with an eerie orange glow as the drive flashes, making it really appear futuristic.
7. USB Gameboy Hard drive
Gamer fans, especially those who loved taking their Game Boy along with them, will find the bizarre USB hard drive created from a broken video game absolutely irresistible. The creator moved the LED drive activity indicator light to the battery indicator location and placed a printed graphic behind the screen so that for all appearances this 80GB USB drive is really playing the video game while storing your data and all your friends will be fooled at first glance.
8. Zebrawood Wooden External 320GB Portable Hard Drive Enclosure
Zebrawood remaining after a high-end furniture project is complete isn’t wasted; it’s used to create one-of-a-kind bizarre portable hard drive wooden enclosures. The unique grain patterns make each unique as the wood is shaped, sanded to perfection, hand-oiled and polished with a special protective wax; after you no longer need it for whatever reason, it biodegrades, making it bizarrely eco-friendly.
9. Transformers 4GB USB Drive
If you love the Transformers, this Jaguar Transformer (or is it a dog, we’re not sure) 4 GB USB flash drive will be a must-have because it turns into a pretty realistic looking military battle tank. The black with white accented ABS exterior makes the flash drive ready to withstand years of use when you and your quite unusual Transformer jaguar visit friends with music or data
10. Gameboy Advance USB Flash Drive
If you love Gamboy, then this bizarre USB 2.0 4GB flash drive encased in a Gameboy Advance game cartridge is a perfect cool touch for your data storage needs. The outside boasts a bit of geeky video game labeling to really confuse you if you have lots of these cartridges hanging around near your computer; but it is a really fun on-the-go data transport solution for gamers and makes a fantastic affordable little gift.
11. Nintendo USB Hard Drive
Take an old-school Nintendo NES controller, complete with scratches and scuffs, and hide a 4 GB USB hard drive inside and you’ll score major geek points with your gamer friends whether you pick this one up for yourself or give it as an affordable geeky gift. This bizarre USB hard drive comes complete with a five-foot male to female adapter cord so you can choose to connect directly to your PC or laptop or set it on a shelf on your desk, still connected, when you’ve finished hours of playing your favorite games or cruising the ‘net.
12. Apple iPod Hard Drive Clock
It’s a clock…it’s a circuit board…it’s an Apple iPod hard drive… well, it’s all of these things combined. An eco-friendly re-use of computer hardware creates a bizarre, artsy timepiece for the super-geek and it’s really quite inexpensive for the conversation mileage you’re sure to enjoy over this truly unusual use of recycling.
13. Ninja Scroll VHS USB HardDrive
This bizarre USB hard drive is a must-have for anime fans; hidden inside an old VHS tape complete with the Ninja Scroll cover in full cover, you’ll find a working Samsung 2.5-inch USB drive in your choice of 320, 500 or 640 GB storage size and it’s price is about the same as a plain metal hard drive. Just remember, don’t let your friends decide to “borrow” your tapes without making sure your drive is removed from the stack of videos first or you might find your life’s story published on social networks everywhere.
14. Moleskin Hard Drive
A really creative cyber geek had carried his bizarre USB hard drive around in a book for a year but decided that he had to go classy this school term by adding the drive into a moleskin covered notebook/sketchbook. This one might be good to take a step further and get a bigger book and place an entire laptop inside for social networking during those really boring classes!
15. LEGO USB Hard drive
Lego fans will love this bizarre USB hard drive; one Lego fan built a drive case from Lego, leaving spaces here and there to allow for air movement to dissipate heat from the drive’s operation. An added fan increases the air flow to ensure the drive operates optimally while looking pretty strange sitting on the desktop.