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How do i clean a floppy drive?


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#1 jazzymazzy

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Posted 11 May 2005 - 01:02 AM

Hello folks,

I've a friend who lost some imperative data (her dissertation) on her floppy drive (dated i know). Apparently when writing, there was dirt on the writer? This meant that it didn't copy.

My question is - how can she clean the floppy drive? I'm not aware of floppy drive cleaners?

Any suggestions gratefully received.

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Posted 11 May 2005 - 02:56 AM

Dear jazzy,

If there was floppy drive cleaner, which could be made, it would be more expensive than a new floppy drive.

Hell, you can get a used drive from a computer dealer for $5 USD or a new one online for about $8 USD.

Companies or individuals would make nothing trying to clean a dying technology.

Sorry for the bad news :thumbsup: ,

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Posted 11 May 2005 - 06:07 AM

Hi jazzymazzy,
There are (or were a couple of years ago) such things as floppy drive cleaners. Try Tandy or Radio shack. The cleaners look like a floppy disk with a white material where the floppy cover usually is, and they come with a vial of cleaning fluid. Sometimes they can do a good job removing built up oxide from a floppy drive's heads, but they are not so good at cleaning out built up dust and fluff which may be clogging the mechanism. A can of compressed air would help with that.
Having said that, it would be much cheaper to buy a new floppy drive (as junkdk suggested) and throw the old one in the bin. I guess it depends how comfortable you are opening the case of your PC and fiddling around with the screws and cables.

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#4 jazzymazzy

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Posted 11 May 2005 - 07:34 AM

Thanks for the advice - i'll pass it on.

This post can be closed, but i'm not sure how to do that...


Ciao,

Jazzy.

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Posted 11 May 2005 - 10:51 AM

I keep one of those floppy cleaner disks in my desk drawer. But with floppies as low as five or six bucks, it certainly wouldn't hurt to swap one out when they get dirty. I've also found that floppies seem to fail every so often. Good idea to alternate any backups to two or more floppies.

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Posted 11 May 2005 - 08:34 PM

A few years back, we used to get a dry cleaning disk with a box of diskettes. I have also used the wet disk cleaner - 2 drops of a solution, put the disk in the drive, and it cleans the drive back to new(or gets it working again).

I prefer USB keys for portable data now. Holds more information and lasts a lot longer.
I also use them to install software.

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