WTB Miniscribe 3425 (working or parts donor)

Mark J. Blair nf6x at nf6x.net
Wed Nov 25 00:19:27 CST 2015

> On Nov 24, 2015, at 22:11, Glen Slick <glen.slick at gmail.com> wrote:
> I did some support work for a product that used a 3.5-inch 20MB
> Miniscribe drive back in the mid-80's which had a failure mode where
> the track zero flag would rotate slightly out of position on the
> shaft. [...]

Very interesting!

I have the drive spinning up happily, though track alignment is still a crap shoot. I've tried dumping it with the MFM Reader/Emulator, and its software could not make sense of the track format or CRC. I dumped a raw MFM transitions file for more analysis, since the Xebec controller might just use a track format that the emulator software doesn't currently support. I tried analyzing the disk on several cylinders, in case the tracks line up with steps but the track zero sensing is offset by some number of tracks.

I think I'll try reading the drive with its original controller next, but first I need to do some work on the chassis. There's lots of electrical tape falling off of sloppy wire splices in there, as well as signs of rodent nibbling on some wires. I don't know if its power supply works yet, and I'll do some repair work on the chassis wiring before I try smoke testing it.

Mark J. Blair, NF6X <nf6x at nf6x.net>

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