Maxtor full-height 5.25" drives of death

js at js at
Fri Feb 9 12:05:35 CST 2018

On 2/9/2018 12:25 PM, Chuck Guzis via 
cctalk wrote:
> On 02/09/2018 05:20 AM, allison via cctalk wrote:
>> At the other extreme I have over a dozen Quantum D540s (RD52 31mb full
>> height)
>> that are really old and getting older and still work without issues. 
>> Some of those
>> have sat on the shelf for a decade and work fine when I need one.
> I've still got a Q540 mounted on its side in a MAD Intelligent Systems
> case--I fired it up about a week ago and it's still working just fine.
> --Chuck

A tangential question out of curiosity: 
who here has 5.25" MFM drives they're 
extremely surprised are still working, 
and which model(s)?

I'll start.  I've quite a few MFM 
drives, but the ones that really 
surprise me are (2) Seagate ST-506, and 
(2) IMI CM-5412.   My surprise is b/c 
these are amongst the earliest of models.

I've performed *some* work on all these 
drives, such as cleaning and caps 
reforming, but haven't yet discovered a 
way to lube motors & bearings.   I think 
lube issues will spell their ultimate 

- John

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