Disk platters and water (was: Re: NOVA4 6070 disk booboo)

From: Paul Koning <pkoning_at_equallogic.com>
Date: Wed Feb 2 14:57:43 2005

>>>>> "Jules" == Jules Richardson <julesrichardsonuk_at_yahoo.co.uk> writes:

 Jules> On Wed, 2005-02-02 at 14:06 -0600, Jay West wrote:
>> Almost always the problem is failure to completely clean the
>> drive; heads, airfilter and ducts, all platters (both
>> surfaces)... you've got to disassemble the platters, clean and
>> buff them,

 Jules> Buff them? Hmm....

 Jules> I unearthed some enormous (12 platter) disk packs the other
 Jules> day, and they're in a rather sorry state indeed ...

 Jules> I have no idea what system they're for - I've never seen a
 Jules> drive that would take a stack that big. Anyone have any
 Jules> guesses? (presumably CDC sent drives that would take something
 Jules> that size to all sorts of manufacturers though).

Depends... RP04 (3330) packs, as I recall, have 10 platters plus
protective dummy platters at the top and bottom, so it looks like a 12
platter assembly.

Depending on the age and recording density, cleaning with suitable
solvents (for example, high grade isopropyl alcohol) and Kimwipes
would work just fine.

When I was in college, we had an IBM 1311 that sprang a leak
(hydraulic head actuator...) spraying hydraulic fluid all over the
system pack. The FE repaired the drive, wiped the heads and pack with
solvent, and started things back up. Worked just fine.

Received on Wed Feb 02 2005 - 14:57:43 GMT

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