First post, by Myloch
Part 1: bad luck
The other day I bought a nice vintage educational box in an online auction, fortunately I paid little money. When I started to read the first floppy with my reader it told me that the disk wasn't readable ... Ouch! ... I had checked the floppies surface before and it was immaculate. I took out the disc and I was horrified to discover a "ring" where the magnetic surface seems to be abraded and flaked. The more you read it, the more it wears out ... and the damaged ring gets bigger ... in some places it has even become transparent. I gave up, fearing the drive would break. Unreadable floppy disks are part of the risk but I never encountered something like this!
Part 2: the aftermath
You have no idea about how much I was angry, I do not know much about floppy drive hardware but in my opinion this disk has dirtied and (maybe) ruined the drive head(s) because all the test disks I inserted after left a very slight mark or ring halo at the same track/position where the bastard has "corroded". Other than coming up with the "disk not formatted" dreaded error every time I put something in the floppy drive.
I thought I unvoluntarily destroyed a floppy drive! Fortunately, after a few attempts and compressed air shots into the drive it now seems to be working again. And it now doesn't leave any sign on floppies surface.
I only saved the contents of floppy 2 (a 600k Adibou data file)
Too bad we will never be able to save this rare italian localization of IBM educational software. 😢
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