Photograph by Sam Murphy


image This fake hard drive stores more data and raises eyebrows.

By Brian Nadel

I love mixing technologies to create an amalgam that looks like one thing but is actually something different. A case in point is the old hard drive that I stuffed full of flash memory. It looks like an internal drive, but it’s actually a solid-state memory peripheral that plugs in via USB. This makes it an instant conversation starter for anyone who ventures into my office.

1. Gut the hard drive.

The original drive stored 10GB, ...

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