You might be afraid to admit it, but you still use a floppy drive. I still do, it's still the easiest way to transport small files around, but does it have to be so bland while doing it? Course not, lets replace that LED:
*NOTE* - if you've never done this before, or have fears of opening components, you may want to try on a spare unit. Then again...floppies are cheap
Here's what you need:
- Floppy Drive
- Solder/Soldering Iron
- Philips Screw Driver
I grabbed my old Hewlett Packard floppy and decided to work on that instead. To get to the LED, I ripped the front bezel off. It's located on the left side, soldered onto the PCB. We need to remove this, but since its soldered on we need to get to it with our soldering iron to remove it. There are de-soldering units available, but I usually just go at it with my soldering iron. Melt the solder already on there and rip the LED out. Thing is, I can't get to that LED with the top still on the floppy. So that's coming off too:
There are two tiny screws that hold the top together, removed them and I got a clear view to the LED already in there.
Notice that the LED hole already there is a bit too small for our 5mm version. If you have this problem, you can either a) sand down your LED to size or b) rip a larger hole in there. I went with the second option in this case.
The old LED came off pretty quickly, I just touched the solder already on there and it fell off. After it came out, I took my own LED and measured the length and shape that it needs to be in. I noticed it had to be bent a little to get it into the front bezel. Dabbed a tiny drop of solder onto the leads and its complete.
It looks like a monstrous eye...