Cleaning disk packs (was: RK05 images)
ard at p850ug1.demon.co.uk
Mon Dec 11 13:29:05 CST 2006
> > Just out of curiosity, what's your procedure for cleaning them?
> The proper procedure is to pay $50 for one of the legacy disk vendors
> to clean them correctly.
In my case that would mean finding several thousand dollars, money which
I quite simply don't have (not 'don't have spare', just 'don't hace').
More seriously, the RK05 maintenance manual gives a procedure for
cleaning the packs. It is clear that they were sonsidered cleanable by
field servoids, and I am darn sure if they can do it then so can I. In
fact many of us here do things that were not considered to be perfomrable
in the field, and have no problems.
Now, the manuals for the RLs and RK06/07 specificially warn against
cleaning the packs by hand. I would guess the higher bit density of
those drives implies a lower flying height of the heads, and thus more
likelyhood of a headcrash if you damaga the platter surface in cleaning.
However, I do wonder if it is possivle to do it youself, and if so, what
to do. Remmeber many of us have facilities, tools and equipment that
would not have been avaialbe to the average customer or even field service,
And of course relying on some other company to keep a classic computer
running is fine until said company goes out of business because we're the
only people still needing it (let's be realisitic here, there are not
enough of us to keep a compnay in business providing a service to us
alone). At that point you hae to do it yourself.
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