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
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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