Reviving old hard drives

From: Brad Parker <>
Date: Mon Jan 3 19:23:15 2005

"Joe R." wrote:
>slide (or rotate) just as easily. I've looked at a couple of drive platters
>that had sticktion problems and there definitely seems to be wax or
>something holding the heads to the platters.

I think almost all 3 1/2" drive media has some sort of coating on it.
What it is varies over time and mfg. I remember that most of it had
'lubrication like' properties - it's been a long time however and I may
be slightly off.

I seem to recall the magnetic coating was sputtered on and then another
coating was put on top. As I remember sometimes the top coating would
pool around the heads after they landed.

but it's all a dim memory and my memories are probably very dated these
days since the density has gone up by factor of 1000.

I do remember walking through Tony Lapine's labs and watching watching
drives running inside laminar flow hoods :-) head balistics where the
order of the day and made for some interesting firmware.

Received on Mon Jan 03 2005 - 19:23:15 GMT

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