[Coco] Replacement for possible bad AT 286 hard drive subsystem
Stephen H. Fischer
sfischer1 at mindspring.com
Wed Dec 20 22:02:57 EST 2017
> Some times the older drives will freeze after years of sitting.
Actually being off for a hour can cause the drive stiction (Drive will not
I hit my Seagate so many times that when it finally failed I opened it up
and the head was following the arm with just one wire connected.
The proper method I learned many years later was to place the drive on the
floor and spin it with your hand.
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From: "Spencer via Coco" <coco at maltedmedia.com>
To: "Salvador Garcia via Coco" <coco at maltedmedia.com>
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Sent: Wednesday, December 20, 2017 6:46 PM
Subject: Re: [Coco] Replacement for possible bad AT 286 hard drive subsystem
> Run fdisk to see if it sees the HDD. If it does that's good; fdisk for
> partitions; format it; install DOS. If fdisk doesn't see it can you tell
> if the HDD spins up? The older drives will almost sound like a toy jet
> taking off. Some times the older drives will freeze after years of
> sitting. If it's not spinning you can resurrect them sometimes. I've
> simply taken the drives out and shake them a little back and forth. Also
> go into the cmos and make sure you see it there - actually do this before
> you run fdisk. If not add it or try an auto-detect if the system can do so
> then fdisk. If no auto-detect add the specs on the face plate label of the
> HDD. If no label you add ad-lib specs. Resurrecting old systems are a lot
> of fun; you may find yourself determined to get it running. For parts
> ebay; likely you'll find parts. Blow out the system real well.
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