caveguy at sbcglobal.net
Fri Dec 8 13:09:27 CST 2006
Stiction is mostly caused by a breakdown in the lubricant.
Over simplified, oil turns to varnish or tar.
I too have had good luck with a wrist twist to get them spinning again.
and there is a very high likeliness that they will bind up again if allowed to stop and cool down.
I have seen several IDE's have had stiction problems after being shut down for the first time after extended 24/7 use.
I have a maxtor that bound up on me, two days ago, after 6 years of constant 24/7 server use I shut it down for a long over due
upgrade. It cooled off while I moved the system to the my cave to work on it and the drive never spun back up.
I knew I should have backed a few things up before I moved it :(
In the past, I opened up an IDE and spun it up by hand. Once it got running, I got the files off of it I needed.
For fun I left it run open on the workbench bench for close to a week before it died.
I had a lot of people come by to see it, and stared in disbelief as the heads sang across the disk when I did a defrag on it.
On Fri, 08 Dec 2006 10:43:08 -0800, Marvin Johnston wrote:
>I've read several replies indicating that the drive needs to be taken apart.
>People have also advocated just "hitting" the drive to break the stiction.
>Holding the drive and giving it a quick twist around the spindle axis has always
>worked for me and avoids potential problems with disassembly or damage.
>Has anyone seen stiction on the IDE or later drives? The only stiction I've seen
>has always been on the 5 1/4" MFM/RLL type drives, and probably ESDI/SCSI/SASI
>as well although my experience is limited on those drives.
>Something else I've noticed is that if a drive has stiction, that stiction will
>return after the drive sets for a while again. Anyone know what actually causes
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