Interesting drive failure...

Steven Hirsch snhirsch at
Thu Apr 23 16:32:27 CDT 2015

On Thu, 23 Apr 2015, Chuck Guzis wrote:

> On 04/23/2015 08:05 AM, Fred Cisin wrote:
>> On many drives, orientation certainly can have an effect.  What
>> orientation was it previously used in?

> I'm reminded of the early IMI "shoebox" drives (shoebox, I guess if you had 
> size 21 feet).  I think that they were mostly used by Corvus--clear tinted 
> plastic top with a voice-coil positioner.

I have one of these.  It's big, heavy beast.

> If you lifted the front end of these things about an inch off horizontal, 
> they'd cease to work--the positioner didn't have the moxie to overcome the 
> force of gravity and would respond with sort of a squealing retry as it tried 
> to push the heads uphill.

Alas, mine arrived non-functional and has remained that way due to a 
serious lack of time to devote to troubleshooting.


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