Re: Resend: Oceanic drive issues

From: Julian Perry <>
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2015 07:57:14 +1000
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It's highly likely that the disk that failed has shed oxide onto the
R/W head. If you have a cleaning disk, use that.
If you don't, some isopropyl alcohol on a cotton bud will suffice.
(Americans call them "q-tips for some reason)

Open the case, and you'll see the R/W head under a spring-loaded pad.
Lift the pad lightly, and work the wet cotton-bud on the surface of
the R/W head underneath until it's clean.


> Trying again, as the mail server rejected my first attempt:

> Hi!

> I sat down copying disks yesterday evening, using my Oceanic drive[1] 
> and a ZoomFloppy cable. After copying 40 or so disks, I ended up with 
> one that was unreadable and had the read head "bump" a lot. I aborted 
> the read, but after that I am unable to read any disks. It just 
> "bumps" a bit and returns a 74 "drive not ready" error.

> I tried opening it to see if it got stuck, but I only get to the PCB 
> side, and haven't quite figured out how to get to the head to check 
> it. What should I look for? Is there a software way to force it to 
> unlock? Have I forever destroyed the drive?

Best regards,

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