Media test issue
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(09-26-2015, 06:07 AM)clh333 Wrote: I have been cleaning the heads with a Q-tip dampened with alcohol. What do you recommend? I've heard that the "disks" made for that purpose are ineffective and short-lived.
Q-tips are fine if your drives and heads are easily accessible and you only need to clean ocasionally. But for more frequent cleaning, or for drives with less accessible internals, then cleaning disks are quite handy.

If you just want to know if some simple read error is due to a dirty head, then a quick pass with a cleaning disk is fine. If a Wabash disk decides to shed all of its oxide in your drive, then it is time to get the q-tips and alcohol - and perhaps a jack hammer Tongue . Visual inspections and thorough cleanings are a good idea for any newly acquired drive, or a drive that has not been used in a long time.

Most of these cleaning disks were labeled for only a dozen uses or so, but as long as you don't use them to clean up after a big mess they will last much longer.

(09-26-2015, 06:07 AM)clh333 Wrote: I cannot account for the anomalous test results, but suspect they may be due to 30-year-old components.
It's something on the disks, not sure what exactly. I've run in to that sort of thing with disks that were known to be quality disks and well stored. They look perfect, but throw errors the first few times trying to use them. After that, they work fine.
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Media test issue - by clh333 - 09-24-2015, 05:45 AM
RE: Media test issue - by admin - 09-24-2015, 07:29 AM
RE: Media test issue - by clh333 - 09-25-2015, 06:37 AM
RE: Media test issue - by admin - 09-25-2015, 08:20 AM
RE: Media test issue - by clh333 - 09-26-2015, 06:07 AM
RE: Media test issue - by admin - 09-26-2015, 09:02 AM
RE: Media test issue - by SomeGuy - 09-26-2015, 11:34 AM
RE: Media test issue - by admin - 09-26-2015, 04:19 PM
RE: Media test issue - by clh333 - 10-22-2015, 10:36 AM
RE: Media test issue - by admin - 10-23-2015, 08:48 AM
RE: Media test issue - by clh333 - 01-28-2016, 07:08 AM
RE: Media test issue - by admin - 01-28-2016, 08:52 AM
RE: Media test issue - by clh333 - 01-28-2016, 09:40 AM
RE: Media test issue - by admin - 01-28-2016, 01:14 PM



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