Common Maxtor MFM drive failure mode -- any ideas?
derschjo at gmail.com
Fri Oct 23 03:26:41 CDT 2015
On 10/23/15 1:19 AM, Joseph Lang wrote:
> There is a plastic bumper in the head/disk assembly that turns to goo.
> When the head retracts it hits the bumper and gets stuck in the goo. The goo will eventually win. The head will no longer load. I can't say For sure this is your disk problem but it was a verry common Maxtor failure.
I thought that was true for Micropolis drives (like the DEC RD53, a
Micropolis 1325/1335) -- or does the Maxtor have a rubber bumper as
well? As I said I had one open and the heads were not stuck (I could
move them with my finger -- while the drive was spinning of course :))
and I didn't notice any goo-laden parts, but maybe I wasn't looking in
the right place...
>> On Oct 23, 2015, at 3:04 AM, Josh Dersch <derschjo at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi all --
>> I acquired a Symbolics 3640 today and it came equipped with two "large" capacity Maxtor MFM drives (an XT-1140 and an XT-2190). The 1140 spins up fine and we were able to image it using Dave Gesswein's MFM emulator (yay).
>> The 2190 does not, and it fails in precisely the same way I've personally seen three or four other Maxtor drives of the same era fail: It spins up fine, but when it goes to load the heads, it sounds like the voice coil positioner for the heads is "screaming" -- it emits a high-pitched, quite loud whine/buzz which persists until you power the drive down. The drive is unresponsive during this time.
>> I'm fairly sure it's not a head crash or anything like that; having gone through this a year or so ago with a similar drive that was scratch anyway, I opened it up and verified that the heads weren't stuck, and I see no evidence of a head crash after disassembly.
>> Further, the fault does not appear to be on the logic board -- we swapped in a board from a working 2190 tonight and afterwards the drive exhibited the same symptoms.
>> I've had this happen to other 2190s and 1140s and a few of the ESDI drives in the same family, some of which were working in my possession for weeks before failing -- has anyone else seen this? Any ideas? I'd kind of like to recover the data off of the 2190 from the 3640... drat.
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