A Tiny Old Hard Drive Makes a Badass Nerdy Watch

By Adam Clark Estes on at

As the world becomes increasingly (and justifiably) dominated by flash storage, old fashioned hard disk drives are becoming increasingly (and justifiably) useless. But slap a set of hands and a quartz movement on one, and boom! You've got yourself a pretty awesome-looking watch.

The HDD Watch is a real thing created by an industrious Frenchman named Jean Jérôme. Inspired by a gag photo he saw in a watch forum, Jérôme started building these watches out of ever-so-adorable and terribly obsolete Microdrives. The hands themselves are designed to look like the reading arm of a hard drive, and the band bears a printed (not real) circuit board design.

A Tiny Old Hard Drive Makes a Badass Nerdy Watch

Even though the hard drives are real—and once boasted a capacity of 4 gigabytes—they don't actually store data unfortunately.

A Tiny Old Hard Drive Makes a Badass Nerdy Watch

Jérôme's already built ten of these by hand and is raising money on IndieGoGo to build at least 500 more. There are a few early bird specials left that will let you get an HDD Watch for a little over €100 (£78), and Jérôme's project has already doubled its goal.

A Tiny Old Hard Drive Makes a Badass Nerdy Watch

Next, the crazy Frenchman wants to build hard drive watches with a portrait orientation which could help them look a little less huge on your wrist as well as a hard drive watch with a mechanical movement. Now if he could only figure out how to get them to store data too. [Gizmodo France]