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Do you have the dreaded HARD DRIVE TICK! Turn that dead hard drive into a useful, beautiful piece of art that brings color to the room.

The DREADED Hard Drive Tick!

If you have been around computers for very long at all, you or someone you know has had the dreaded hard drive tick, or the tick of death as it is called. Well, hopefully you made a recent backup. Because at this point, unless you want to spend $500-$1000 for a data recovery service, more than likely your data is gone, and your hard drive is dead and worthless........until now!

A Useful Piece Of Art Made From A Piece Of Junk

Take that piece of junk hard drive that you just want to throw against the wall, or set on fire, or run over with the car, and turn it into something useful and beautiful; a POV clock. It can be placed in the bedroom, in the living room, in the office at work; it can even be hung on the wall if you like. It's a great conversation piece and adds color to any environment. It also makes a great gift for that geek in your life that you have a hard time buying for.

POV - Persistence Of Vision

POV stand for Persistence Of Vision. POV means the eye retains everything we see for a small fraction of a second and blurs the images together. It's why we see a 30 frame per second movie as smooth and fluid motion. It also is what causes this hard drive clock to appear to have a limitless, palette of rainbow colors, even though there is only 1 color being shown at any given time through a very small slit in the hard drive platter.

Current Status

I have a working prototype as seen in the video; the software is 90% complete and the hardware is 75% complete. The circuit is currently on a breadboard. I need to finish integrating the battery backed up RTC (real time clock) chip so the time is not lost when the power is lost. And I need to finish up some software changes and have the design sent out to get professional printed circuit boards made. I still need to do some design on the front cover plate, and fabricate a suitable stand. The HDD Clock also fits nicely in a variety of 4x6 picture frames. I am open to suggestions and want your input. Depending on the consensus, I will consider adding in an option that I may not have considered. I will also write some software would allow you to hook the clock up to your computer and make any design you want, with any colors you want. So for example, if you have a favorite sports team, you can select their colors to be displayed on your clock.

Goal

My goal as a final product is to have a circuit board that anyone can connect to their dead hard drive(the spindle motor must still work correctly) and have a working clock. This means the hard drive must be disassembled, some of the electrical components taken out, the LED light strip glued in, and reassembled. I know some people are not conformable doing this. So, I will also be offering a complete, out of the box clock that you plug in and enjoy. And for those DIYers, there is a blank PCB option, and a kit option that includes everything you need to build the clock, except the hard drive. Please see the Backer Reward for more details.

Inspiration

I would like to send out my thanks to others who have shared with me the excitement of electronics and putting together a hard drive POV clock. Below is a YouTube link of the project that inspired me. It demonstrates what a finished clock may look like. This POV hard drive clock was built by mb1988mb1988. Enjoy....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XK9en2H7rBA

Other Ideas

Here are some other ideas of what a completed clock may look like. The possibilities and colors are endless. It's whatever you want to make it. You can have a different theme for each holiday, season, sports team, hobby, etc.

FAQ

  • I will write an application that will run on Windows, Linux, and OSX that will allow you to hook up a cable between the computer and the clock and pick your own color scheme.

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  • The clock does not include the picture frame. It is shown as an example of what can be done and how it can be presented. The clock I provide will have a plexiglass cover. You can pick out the style frame you like that accentuates your decor.

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    _____PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD KIT_____ This pledge amount will get a Microchip micro controller already programmed with the final assembly file, a professionally made blank PCB, all of the electrical components including the LED light strip and power supply, the schematic of the circuit, the BOM (bill of materials), and step-by-step instructions. This kit includes everything you need to make your own POV clock. Just supply your hard drive. The included software will allow you to make your own color schemes.

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    ASSEMBLED PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD This pledge amount will get a completely assembled and tested circuit board along with the LED light strip, power supply, and step-by-step instructions. Hook this board up to your hard drive and plug it in. You will need to be able to disassemble your hard drive and do a little bit of soldering. Then just plug it in. The included software will allow you to make your own color schemes.

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    ______SEND IN YOUR HARD DRIVE_______ If you are not comfortable with disassembling the hard drive or doing a little bit of soldering, send in your hard drive (the spindle motor must still work) and you will get in return, an out of the box, ready to run POV hard drive clock. It will include a plexi-glass cover, stand, and software that will allow you to make your own color schemes. You can also mount the clock into a 4x6 picture frame that accentuates you decor.

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