Retro Floppy Drive As HDD Enclosure

Retro Floppy Drive As HDD Enclosure

Still harbouring an old external floppy drive from a beloved old eight-bit machine? Rather than just wasting space, with a little work you can swap out the internals from a vintage drive to produce modern storage with a retro look.

Instructables user johnmueller cracked open his vintage Apple floppy drive, removed the internal drive components, opened his external hard drive disk and removed the drive and the interior chassis, and installed the interior chassis, HDD, and cables in the floppy drive. He had to cut a few holes in the back of the floppy drive to accomplish this and he also added a HDD activity LED light, but all in all this is a pretty straightforward mod.

To see other great ideas for bringing back other outdated devices check out our top 10 ways to modernise your old retro gadgets.

Retro Apple Disk Drive as HDD Enclosure [Instructables]


  • what would make it even better is to have it respond to a floppy disk being inserted… “let me just insert my floppy disk and ill find the document for you” which then prompts the HDD folder to open up. They will be left speechless… how did he get a 500gb floppy disk?

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