Miniscribe 6086?

From: Sipke de Wal <>
Date: Wed Jun 21 10:50:48 2000

> Despite thier poor reliability record, I still like Miniscribe drives.
> They sound neat. "Peeep wobble wobble Peep". Western Digital bought what
> was left of Miniscribe and produced some really aweful drives when IDE was
> beginning to really catch on. I remember stacks of dead WD 40mb 3.5"
> drives at a company I worked for in 92/93. We called our 'boneyard' "The
> Closet of Shame". The drives were an MFM mech with an IDE board attached.
> They used stepper actuators and sucked eggs for reliability. They did
> sound neat though.....
I remember 3.5 " WD types that were mounted in a 5.25 bracket. At some point
in their lives they would generate a lot of bad sectors in the outer cylinders.
would expect the inner cylinders because of the higher bit densities).

To fix the problem: partially unscrew the drive from the bracket (with a
an fasten it crosswise (like you would fasten a tire). The harddisk would
run another couple of years.

Some supplier threw the bad ones out, and we asked the corpses for socalled
purposes but quikly repaired them instead.

Received on Wed Jun 21 2000 - 10:50:48 BST

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