ScuzzBlog: Diaries July 2017
Entry 28th July 2017: Post: 3
3" Disk Head Cleaner
One of the issues I have been having with checking old disks is the need
to keep the floppy drive heads clean. Can be an issue with really
degraded disks. Last night I almost lost my prized A500 drive to a rogue
disk. Thankfully I was able to restore thanks to my handy box of head
cleaning kit. The issue drove me to abandon using that machine to check
disks and to set up the one previously mentioned in a post.
Anyway... amazingly in the bottom of the box I came across an actual
head cleaning disk for a 3" drive that I didn't know I had. I mean an
actual Amstrad 'stylie' plastic 3" head cleaning disk. I have put
pictures on the scuzzblog diary for anyone interested. So now I can
clean up those DD1 drives. Classic.
I move on now to a diskbox filled with C64 3.5" disks. Yes, that is
correct... 3.5" disks for the 1581 floppy drive for the Commodore C64.
Almost a secret weapon of Commodore the 3.5" drive for the C64 machines.
Sadly a bit late to save the range of machines. I picked up this drive
from a guy in Swindon and actually visited him to collect. Not really
sure he wanted to part with it. Whilst there he sold me all his C64
cartridges. I think I may have mentioned, he mailed me quite regularly
wanting to know if I wanted to sell them back. Not likely, sadly.
Anyway back to the diskbox cataloguing... up to disk 4000 now and
finally onto the third shelf unit. Looks like being 2000 disks per shelf
unit at the moment. That's a lot of disks to go. Phew !!
Not sure if folk know about these head cleaning disks. Seems that I am
always reminding folk of them and to get them off Ebay. Certainly saved
my life a few times. I even have a set for the 5.25" drives. The floppy
lives. Hoorah !!