80 Gig Drive Inside A Game Boy

[_n3o_] put together a nice external storage mod by fitting a 2.5″ drive into a broken Game Boy. This mod fooled quite a few people because it appears that the device still plays games with the drive stuffed inside of it. Sadly, this is not the case. The reflective backing has been removed from the screen and replaced by a piece of paper with a graphic printed on it. The LED from the hard drive was moved to the battery indicator for the Game Boy for added realism. There is no build log for this project but [_n3o_] did give a short explanation of it in a forum post. You can see two more pictures of the project after the break.gamesss


Update: Take a look inside too!

19 thoughts on “80 Gig Drive Inside A Game Boy

  1. I am sure despite all his hard work on this, some people will gripe that it woul only be cool if the gameboy worked. BUT, I think this is a great example of using something broken to make something you need that is cooler than one you can buy. Try to find a really coll 2.5 hd case that starts conversations. Great JOB.

  2. @bryan
    No, unfortunately it isn’t usable. He said the screen is simply a printed paper image embedded under the screen. Even though it isn’t usable as a GameBoy, I don’t have a problem with it since the gameboy was broken anyways.

  3. Lol originally my name is _n3o_, maxconsole make a mistake and type it _n30_ and now i’m _n30_ everywhere :s.

    I’m gonna reoppen de gbHDD to take more pictures, a tutorial isn’t needed because it’s a very easy mod to do. (you just need a 2,5″ hdd case (6$) and a Dremel to cut nearly everything inside :)

    The only hard part was to drill the battery port with the only aim that was to fit the hdd at the bottom of the gb to place the USB plug in replacement of the Link plug.

    (i have some other dead GB (GBp and GBc) just need to think at a nice mod (maybe the old good usb key + emus + gamecontroller, all in the gb?)

  4. this is super cool, and an unintentional example of security through obscurity. Criminals are very likely to steal a portable hard drive since they so often contain unencrypted company and personal data. Criminals are much less likely to steal a 20 year old gameboy. Very very cool.

  5. I miss my original Game Boy. To this day it remains the only piece of gaming hardware I’ve had completely up and die beyond repair. I replaced it with a GBA, and then traded that in for a GBA-SP as soon as they came out. I made that trade because I realized I couldn’t see the screen of my original GBA worth a damn! Stupid lack of backlight….

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