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    [HARD MOD] Adding 500 GB hard drive with on/off switch

    Just like the title said, I added a 500 GB hard drive and an on/off switch so I can turn off the hard drive when I'm not using it to save battery. When the hard drive is turned off, the system will act exactly like there was no mod.

    Anyway, the pictures speak for themselves. There's no protrusion or bulge at all. The only thing different that you can see on the outside is that there is now a tiny switch on the lower right side of the dock. On the inside, I had to desolder half the stuff in there to rearrange them to fit in the hard drive.

    Anyway, here are the pictures. Remember that all I've removed are some plastic pieces that serve no other purpose than to keep things in place. All electronic parts are still there. It's like trying to work out a piece of puzzle. Well, I've finally found a combination that works!

    Well, here are some pictures. Now, I have a laptop-tablet hybrid with a 500 gb hard drive and 16 hours of battery life!

    I highly recommend against this hard mod for everyone else but me. If you're going to do this, I take no responsibility if you screw up. The mod requires some very delicate soldering. So, please, don't follow my foot steps.

    Anyway, as far as I'm concern, I'm the only person in the world as of this moment with a tablet-laptop hybrid that has a 500 gb hard drive. Damn, I feel special









    So, I just added in a tiny switch to turn on and off the hard drive. Here are some pictures.







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    I am now offering to do this mod for people. If you want me to do this for you, you need to buy the hard drive (hdd or ssd, doesn't matter, make sure it's usb), send your dock and drive to me + $50 to $100 (whatever you can afford or think this is worth ) via paypal + a return stamp. I promise I will be extra careful with your stuff. Hit me a pm if you're interested. Also, you have to tell me if you want me to put in an on/off switch for you. I live 2 minutes from radio shack. If you do want the switch, add $2. And please if you're going to send me the keyboard dock, make sure you send me a functional one. I will test out every aspect of the dock before I do anything. If anything is wrong with it, I will send it right back to you. So please, do not try to scam me into buying you a replacement dock.

    The reason I am not giving a definite amount is because I understand some people might really want this mod but can't afford it, like college students. I'm putting my money on people's honesty and good will. If you think it's worth more than $50 and have the money, please don't hesitate to give more.

    For those who are handy dandy with your hands, I have posted more than enough info for you to replicate what I've done. If you cannot do this mod with the current info, then it's best that you don't try.

    I do ask people 5 things, though.

    (1) Make sure you consult me first about the hard drive you want. Don't just send it to me. I need to make sure it will fit!

    (2) I need you to be absolutely sure you want this mod done to your keyboard dock. This mod will void your warranty.

    (3) I need you to not regret after it's been modded. I take no responsibility for any buyer's remorse from you.

    (4) I promise you that I will be extra careful with your dock. After experimenting with my own dock, I have developed much safer ways to do this mod. I'm almost 100% sure I can do this without messing up your dock, since I now know the dock inside out. I know every little part that's involved. I know exactly what wire goes where. However, there's still a risk involved. I need you to understand that.

    (5) Don't be a whiner. I hate whiners. This is a transformer. It will never become an ipad. Jesus christ, if I hear one person complain that this mod did not turn their transformer into an ipad...

    Anyway, think it over and if you still want this mod done, hit me a pm or email. If I don't respond to pm, then try again with email. I come and go as far as these forums go, you know?

    And by the way, this is not a business I'm doing. This is more like a favor. You try getting best buy some other store to do something similar to this for you and see how much they charge. In other words, I have no money. Please don't try anything funny to scam me. Trust me, I've nothing for you to scam out of.

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    Added by edit (9/20/2011).

    Before you guys send off your dock to me, I need you to check if your sdcard is still in the slot. There are 2 reasons why you should take your sdcard out before you send to me.

    There are some things on your sdcard you'd rather not have me or anyone else see. For instance, someone just sent me 16 GB of gay porn. Not going to mention any name *ahem* . Next time this happens, it could be you and your spouse in a naughty video.

    If I take the dock apart with the sdcard still in there, the sdcard slot will stop holding in the sdcard. There is a little tiny pin in the sdcard slot that's responsible for clicking and keeping in your sdcard. When I first took my dock apart, I forgot to take out the sdcard. The pin flew out. It took me a whole saturday to put the pin back in there.

    In other words, I now officially hold myself NOT responsible if I absentmindedly take your dock apart before checking the sdcard slot. And I absolutely do not want to spend another saturday putting another one of these tiny pins back into the sdcard slot.
    Last edited by goodintentions; 09-20-2011 at 09:21 PM.

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    That's really freaking cool dude.

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    No Zero, that is UBER-COOL! I want one now damn it. Hehe. I imagine its a 5400 cause I would thing that a 7200 would cause some heat issues being strapped between 2 batteries and all. So when u hit the switch it just automounts? Sweetness. Great job. Hey speaking of which...is there a hd size limit for android?

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    Physical size limit. No memory size limit.

    I am now offering to do this mod for people. If you want me to do this for you, you need to buy the hard drive (hdd or ssd, doesn't matter, make sure it's usb), send your dock and drive to me + $50 to $100 (whatever you can afford... yes I'm a communist ) via paypal + a return stamp. I promise I will be extra careful with your stuff. Hit me a pm if you're interested. Also, you have to tell me if you want me to put in an on/off switch for you. I live 2 minutes from radio shack. If you do want the switch, add $2. And please if you're going to send me the keyboard dock, make sure you send me a functional one. I will test out every aspect of the dock before I do anything. If anything is wrong with it, I will send it right back to you. So please, do not try to scam me into buying you a replacement dock.

    For those who are handy dandy with your hands, I have posted more than enough info for you to replicate what I've done. If you cannot do this mod with the current info, then it's best that you don't try.

    I do ask people 5 things, though.

    (1) Make sure you consult me first about the hard drive you want. Don't just send it to me. I need to make sure it will fit!

    (2) I need you to be absolutely sure you want this mod done to your keyboard dock. This mod will void your warranty.

    (3) I need you to not regret after it's been modded. I take no responsibility for any buyer's remorse from you.

    (4) I promise you that I will be extra careful with your dock. After experimenting with my own dock, I have developed much safer ways to do this mod. I'm almost 100% sure I can do this without messing up your dock, since I now know the dock inside out. I know every little part that's involved. I know exactly what wire goes where. However, there's still a risk involved. I need you to understand that.

    (5) Don't be a whiner. I hate whiners. This is a transformer. It will never become an ipad. Jesus christ, if I hear one person complain that this mod did not turn their transformer into an ipad...

    Anyway, think it over and if you still want this mod done, hit me a pm.

    And by the way, this is not a business I'm doing. This is more like a favor. You try getting best buy some other store to do something similar to this for you and see how much they charge. In other words, I have no money. Please don't try anything funny to scam me. Trust me, I've nothing for you to scam out of.
    Last edited by goodintentions; 09-03-2011 at 03:52 PM.

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    I think people should do ssd drives as the prices have started to really drop. There is a lot of space in there to do cool hardware mods. Really not to bad price since you are paying for the disk adapter.

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    Holy Crap!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by zerofeel View Post
    I think people should do ssd drives as the prices have started to really drop. There is a lot of space in there to do cool hardware mods. Really not to bad price since you are paying for the disk adapter.

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    I really thought about ssd, but it's still too expensive and for me it's just not worth it. and with the on/off switch for the hard drive, power consumption really is a non-issue.

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    I have been seeing 120gb for $130 usd on newegg. With lower power consumption, better resistance to shock, and lower heat it feels like a winner. Bang for the buck regular drive all the way.

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    That's still too expensive for me, man. $50 is the max I'm willing to pay for a hard drive to add to my transformer. With $50, I got a 500 GB hdd.

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    Actually, without proper trim support SSD is meh stays.

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