I thought I’d post here my mod of the Pibow case to fit a 1.8" hard drive to store my media. While I was at it I fitted a reset switch so if anyone is interested in that scroll to the end…
Note that this is really a double mod, and the whole thing requires two Pibow cases to assemble, but the second is only required to create extra space below the PCB. Using nylon spacers might be an alternative although not as neat.
So here is the drive I took apart, a Samsung S1 Mini 120GB… they are not too easy to get hold off at this point, but it’s the same HDD that Apple used to stick into ipods classic so you might be able to salvage one from one of those (and somehow hack a USB link).
Cracking it open (a simple affair, not much resistance from the case here):
To house the HD, stack pibow layers 7,6 and 5 on top of the bottom layer 0. Layers 6 and 5 needs to be modded however. Just cut off the internal branch as pictured below… I recommend melting the junction with a soldering iron and clean up gently with a hobby knife. You may be able to saw it off instead but be aware that the material is very prone to snapping!
and here is the result with and without HD:
from there on it’s just a matter of stacking the pibow layers in order, 1 and 2 + PCB:
if you are not interested in fitting a reset switch that is all there is to it, use layers 3,4 and the spare 5,6,7,8+top to close it up. You will need the extra long nylon screws available from pimoroni to accomodate the extra depth.
Here is a pic with the thing assembled for your viewing pleasure:
Next stop: reset switch!