Cleaning the diskdrive with water?

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Cleaning the diskdrive with water?

Postby Stefan jL » Sun Jul 11, 2004 10:23 am

i was wondering if it's ok to clean the diskdrive with water?
Is there something in the diskdrive that could be damaged by water... thinking of the actual "diskreading device".
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Postby dungeon.master » Sun Jul 11, 2004 11:04 am

For my part, when my ST drives seems to be crashed (it happens 3 times yet :evil: ) : i clean the drive with absorbent cotton + alcohol.

the alcohol evaporate, so never use water.
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Postby simbo » Sun Jul 11, 2004 12:18 pm

yes you can do this

PROVIDED you wash the unit in water and a little detergent

then rinse it well

and leave it in a warm place to dry FULLY
{few hrs on a radiator 1hr in the direct sun or 24hrs beside a gas fire}

or you can do what i do
open the oven door place it on lowest setting
then bake the device with the door open for about 1/2 hr


remember to protect the pcb by removing it
with floppys this isnt that hard just a few plugs to pullout from the head side and two or three screws


so yes you can clean with water and liquid soap

but being carefull {damage limitation excercise first with the electronics}


the heads will be fine as long as they are dry


as for yourself DM if you need to clean the heads all the time
you may find that they are slightly out of allignement due to disk knock

in both cases i advise looking over the floppy disk drive restore faq i wrote up top of the section

then your armed well against any problems

that crop up

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Postby dungeon.master » Sun Jul 11, 2004 12:43 pm

simbo wrote:as for yourself DM if you need to clean the heads all the time
you may find that they are slightly out of allignement due to disk knock
in both cases i advise looking over the floppy disk drive restore faq i wrote up top of the section
then your armed well against any problems
that crop up


hi Simbo !
thanks for the tip.
I'm afraid i never succeed ! my english is poor and i don't understand the half of your topic :oops:
Anyway i'll try to translate it (not with BabelVista :wink: because i'll die laughting :o )
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Postby simbo » Sun Jul 11, 2004 9:38 pm

what i was saying is to reset the heads positions {re-calibrate}
if often you have to clean them

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Postby Greenious » Thu Jul 15, 2004 7:47 pm

Yes, you can wash anything with water, as long as you keep the following in mind...

First of all, grease, oil and a lot of other stuff, do not wash well with water, since they are not water soluble. So, using water to remove that is mostly a waste of time.

Second, water can be hasardous to your equipment under certain conditions. Water in itself do not cause corrosion, but minerals and salts in the water (with the combination of air) do just that... So use destilled water (battery & ironing water) to be sure.

(This is also worth remembering if you accidentally drop some expensive equipment in water, like a camera. If you store it in a bucket of water until the support tech can have a look at it, chances are actually a lot better that he can fix it. No air = no corrosion!)

Also, water takes a lot longer to dry up than alcohol. Remember that, or you might get a nasty surprice when you turn it on...


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