On Mon, Jun 2, 2014 at 6:08 AM, aswood at t-online.de <aswood at t-online.de>
I got some RC25 drives and a big pile of cartridges.
Beside of only some few drives most of them are showing
the typical symptoms of these drives, the seal between the
tubing on the back side of the drive has gone to goo. There
is a now a gap and just powering on the drives would result
in a head crash without doubt.
I should check mine. I got a VAX-11/725 some time ago and only
recently got an RC25 cart to be able to spin the drive up.
Since the drives in question had been powered down in
working conditions long ago, the gooeing occurred later on,
so there could be a chance to bring back them into life if
there would be a solution to fix this issue.
If the goo remained in place as goo, it's unlike there was much dust
infiltration. If the goo slumped and left a gap, I think it would
depend on the dust/smoke level in the storage area. It's not like it
was spun up to suck dirty air in the gap.