Disk Exerciser

From: Joe <rigdonj_at_intellistar.net>
Date: Sat Feb 14 22:17:10 1998

At 09:56 PM 2/14/98 -0500, you wrote:
>At 10:09 PM 2/13/98 -0500, you wrote:
>>I've never HEARD of a disk exerciser.
>>What on earth is one for? Pushups? Situps?
>When I heard the description, I assumed it was a standalone box you could
>connect a floppy to, and test every function on the floppy, maybe use it as
>a burn-in test or something like that.

   It could be used for that but I have always used them for testing and
aligning drives. It only directly tests the positioning system not the
read or write systems. However you can look at the data pattern with a
scope if you use a formatted disk. In fact, that's exactly what you do
when you align the heads. You use a specially formatted disk called an
alignment disk and you position the drive heads to a location between two
special tracks of data and you mechanically adjust the head so that both
track siganls are equal.

Received on Sat Feb 14 1998 - 22:17:10 GMT

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