Clock inside a Hard-disk

If you have time to spare and some patience, you can create wonderful items and adorn your home with them. I had this old Hard drive lying at home. It was not functioning anymore and I didn’t know what to do with it. I didn’t want to throw it out either. So I decided to convert it into a clock. The picture can be seen below:

Clock inside Hard Disk

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I had to make a lot of changes to the hard drive to accommodate the clock mechanism inside. But the end result was worth it. What are the objects you need to make a clock? Here is the list of items I used:

a) an old hard disk (completely not working – caution: opening a hard disk will render it useless!)

hard disk

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b) Quartz movement with  hour, minute and second arms (faceplate if available)


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This can be removed from an old wall clock in your house. This operates on a single 1.5V AA battery.

c) Tools like screw driver etc.

The first thing you need to do, is plan where the clock is going to be mounted on the disk. In some cases you could probably remove the disks and mount the clock there. I chose not to do so. Instead I mounted the clock near the disk and this involved visits to the nearby drilling and milling shops. But the effort was worth it.

After you have determined the place to mount the clock, screw it tight from the top side. Proceed to stick a face plate of your choice (it could be hand drawn) with the movement sticking out. Mount the hour, minute and second needles in that order and you are all set.

You can make a small stand from a old cloth hanger or tie some cord and hang it on the wall.

 Here is the video of the hard disk rotating.

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