-------- Original Message --------
> From: "Mr Ian Primus" <ian_primus@...>
> Sent: Tuesday, June 02, 2009 8:56 PM
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: Re: [midatlanticretro] Re: makeshift IBM monitor
> --- On Tue, 6/2/09, Evan Koblentz <evan@...> wrote:
> > > Evan - the disk you gave me for
> > the IBM at MARCH has some bare spots,
> > > the drive needs to be cleaned or replaced.
> > Do we have any
> > > replacement Tandon 100-2a drives at MARCH?
> > I don't know.
> The drive probably just needs a good cleaning. I've never seen a Tandon
in an IBM fail so badly as to scrape up disks. The heads are probably just
really dirty. Also, the disk itself could have been compromised - some
brands are more apt to start shedding oxide with age.
True on all counts. I was just curious about whether we had another drive
if next time I come up and I can't fix the problem, I can bring a spare
drive if I have one. Hopefully you're right and a good cleaning will
suffice, or a new disk. The disk in question is a copy of DOS 2.11 with a
few scratched tracks, but not completely bare. I never had issues with
these drives when I was working with the system myself, but I was mostly
focused on the hardware and did not do much disk exercising other than
format a disk in both drives.