Rotating memory data recovery

From: John Foust <>
Date: Thu Sep 16 14:43:50 2004

At 04:00 PM 9/15/2004, Tom Jennings wrote:
>I do not consider myself a magnetic-media expert, but I've made a number
>of (low-density) controllers and en/de-coding schemes, and repaired
>others, and read a lot (in one ear out the other probably).
>I figure there are a few failure modes that would be easy for amateurs
>(like me) to recover, like low-gain, dissipated magnetics (grain
>randomization, etc), and such, that would be amenable to software

With platters, there are clean-room issues as well as very
difficult alignnment issues - imagine how difficult it would
be to re-align a read head with the concentric bands on a
platter that may have been slightly misaligned from its
original hub, especially at contemporary densities.
Floppies are a different matter.

- John
Received on Thu Sep 16 2004 - 14:43:50 BST

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