3.5" floppy failure mode? Hub not attched to media.

Mike Stein mhs.stein at gmail.com
Sat Feb 28 18:00:54 CST 2015

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Subject: Re: 3.5" floppy failure mode? Hub not 
attched to media.

> On Sat, Feb 28, 2015 at 11:14 AM, Mike Stein 
> <mhs.stein at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Are you saying that it actually stepped in and 
>> out
>> during a rotation to follow the eccentricity?
> Yes, it did fully closed-loop servo positioning, 
> with embedded servo
> bursts in all inter-sector gaps. That's why they 
> have not one, but TWO
> stepper motors for positioning, with a 
> mechanical adder mechanism.
> The coarse positioning stepper doesn't have the 
> resolution needed for
> track following.
> This can also be seen in their US patent 
> 4,630,145:

I knew they had two steppers but didn't know that 
they could actually step every sector if 

I'm convinced; pretty impressive, especially if it 
was implemented on a 3.5" drive.

How much did these drives cost?



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