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Fix your own floppy drives

Postby stormy » Tue May 09, 2017 4:01 pm

Yo all,

Just to let you all know, I repaired the epson smd floppy drives in both my TT and my Falcon. Both had started getting read errors and difficulty formatting disks. I considered buying new drives, but then I googled how to repair drives and it was extremely easy.

Tools needed: Isopro alcohol, cotton buds, compressed can of air and some electronic grease or vaseline. And screwdrivers.
1. Remove 1 little screw on the outside metal shroud of the drive, then the shroud/cover just slips off backwards easily.
2. Give the entire inside mechanism a good blast out with compressed air, usually there is a lot of dust. Don't forget the heads.
3. Notice the main guide rail down one side of the drive, and one for the motor on the opposite side.
4. Wet a cotton bud with the isopro alcohol and clean off any old grease off the guide rail and motor rail.
5. Put some fresh grease on the end of a tiny/small flathead screw driver and proceed to apply grease to both rails. Be liberal, and as far as you can reach.
6. Lastly wet another cotton bud with isopro alcohol and gently wipe the floppy read heads in the middle, just gently wipe them over. There is one at the bottom and one at the top.
7. Put back together and test by formatting a floppy, this will allow the drive to work through the new grease. Then try copying a full disk to your HDD.
8. All done, should be perfect now.

This is the guide I initially read, but bare in mind it is different from the internals of the epson drive. The funamentals are the same though.
http://pc-restorer.com/repairing-1-44mb-floppy-drives/
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Re: Fix your own floppy drives

Postby Bama » Wed May 10, 2017 12:44 pm

Very clear.

Very helpful.

Very much appreciated!
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Re: Fix your own floppy drives

Postby stormy » Wed May 10, 2017 2:06 pm

Bama wrote:Very clear.

Very helpful.

Very much appreciated!


Anytime! :)
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Re: Fix your own floppy drives

Postby itaboy » Wed May 10, 2017 7:00 pm

Can you post a pic of the screw to be removed?

Thanks for your info!

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Re: Fix your own floppy drives

Postby itaboy » Wed May 10, 2017 7:03 pm

Can you post a pic of the screw to be removed?

Thanks for your info!

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Re: Fix your own floppy drives

Postby Gaiyan » Wed May 10, 2017 7:39 pm

Awesome guide. Thanks.
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Re: Fix your own floppy drives

Postby stormy » Thu May 11, 2017 2:04 pm

itaboy wrote:Can you post a pic of the screw to be removed?

Thanks for your info!


Sorry man my Ataris are all back together right now. It's super easy to see though, it's a very tiny recessed screw on the underside. There is only one such screw so you cannot miss it.
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Re: Fix your own floppy drives

Postby Bama » Fri May 12, 2017 11:59 am

itaboy wrote:Can you post a pic of the screw to be removed?

Thanks for your info!
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Re: Fix your own floppy drives

Postby stormy » Fri May 12, 2017 12:00 pm

There it is, thanks Bama :)
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Re: Fix your own floppy drives

Postby itaboy » Fri May 12, 2017 5:43 pm

Tnx!!!!

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Re: Fix your own floppy drives

Postby Greenious » Fri May 12, 2017 6:45 pm

mzry wrote:Tools needed: Isopro alcohol, cotton buds, compressed can of air and some electronic grease or vaseline. And screwdrivers.


Great work!

I just want to point out the importance of using compressed air on a can.. Stay away from compressors! Unless you are absolutely 110% sure it got a high quality oil separator for the compressed air...

And generally, I prefer silicone based lubricants over vaseline. But it's a topic worthy of it's own topic I think.
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