case mod 101: optical drive painting

drive disassembly

Beige drives can mess up the look of a custom case, but this article will show you how to remove the plastic parts for painting to match your case color theme.

The invisible case

as seen on Slashdot

The acrylic cube case I built in 2002 that you may have seen on Slashdot.

hard drive window 2

of course it still works

The first hard drive window was just for practice, this one I did for the folks at PCAnswers magazine. And this time you can see the whole process with a full pictorial walkthrough.

Superman case mod

Faster than a speeding bullet, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound...

This is more of a paint job than a case mod. I did this for my three-year-old son, who is very enthusiatically into Superman right now. Uses vinyl dye, of course.

hard drive mod

Warranty? What warranty?

Possibly pointless, but still kinda cool. After a year, this drive still worked. (It eventually died after about two years of use in its modified condition.)

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