Stiction (was: Atari TT030 install media)

From: Brad Parker <>
Date: Fri May 7 08:50:11 2004

Dave Dunfield wrote:
>Way back, sometime in the mid to late 80's, when this stuff was not cheap or
>easy to come by, somebody gave me a dead Lapine "Titan" hard drive - I think
>it was a 20meg drive. The drive just wouldn't spin up at all.

Ah, Tony Lapine.

I love the story and it doesn't suprise me a bit.

Certainly inside Lapine's engineering labs they had laminar flow hoods
with open drives. (I remember waltzing through their labs once or

and those heads flew so high that just vacuming out the chamber would probably
be fine :-)

just don't shut it off :-) as I recall most makers of small drives at
that time struggled with proper coatings to keep the heads from sticking
to the platter...

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