Maxtor XT-2190

Mike Stein mhs.stein at
Sat Jan 17 13:40:52 CST 2015

Sometimes trying different orientations to take up any slack and/or the old 
trick of cooling it in the freezer for a little while can make some 
unreadable cylinders readable; might be worth a try.

Also, make sure the power supply is up to the task; these things take a lot 
of power and I've had intermittent errors when using a slightly inadequate 
power supply that cleared up totally with a more substantial one.

Good luck.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "David Gesswein" <djg at>
To: <cctech at>
Sent: Saturday, January 17, 2015 2:11 PM
Subject: Maxtor XT-2190

>   Someone was using my MFM reader to read a Maxtor XT-2190 and was having
> problems. From the looks of it the heads are out of alignment. Does
> anyone know if this drive has a microstep mode like some Seagates have?
> I didn't find any mention in the manuals I could find.
> Some heads are mostly unreadable, some heads are mostly ok and some
> were unreadable on cylinder 0 and on other cylinders the header says they
> are one cylinder less than where it stepped to. Some of the other heads 
> headers
> said the cylinder is what was expected.

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