Re: Help needed for reviving Widget hard drive

From: CallMeJack <callmejack2000_at_email.domain.hidden>
Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2008 21:53:03 -0700 (PDT)

Hi Jason,

Interesting experience, I was expecting some high-tech advice but it seems that the good old "give-it-a-kick-if-it-doesnt-work" trick does sometimes give good results. I will certainly give it a try if I don't find other possible faults.The strange thing is that both drives which are totally different in their design show similar symptoms. I saw in another post that low-formatting could only be done using an apple III with a special rom. Do you know if this is also the case with the sunrem drive, which is a little more advanced.


On Aug 12, 10:56 pm, "Jason Perkins" <perkins.ja..._at_email.domain.hidden> wrote:
> Jack,
> My Widget was doing this when I got my Lisa. I tried cleaning connections,
> made sure the brake on the head wasn't stuck, etc... but nothing worked.
> Finally in frustration I grabbed the head motor and moved it around
> violently as the drive was on... and it started working!
> After you have eliminated all other possible faults perhaps try moving the
> head around manually while the drive is on. Now that might also break the
> drive forever, but if it's already broken...
> -Jason
> On Tue, Aug 12, 2008 at 1:41 AM, CallMeJack <callmejack2..._at_email.domain.hidden>wrote:
> > Hello,
> > I have one 10Mb Widget hard drive and one Sunrem 20Mb hard disk that
> > show the same symptoms : when I power the Lisa 2/10, the disk start to
> > spin but it is not accessible. It makes a strandge noise, like if
> > there was a crc arror and that the head was trying to access the some
> > area again and again (around 1 second interval). I tried to use the
> > LisaTest but it can't see the drive either. Note that I have a widget
> > drive that works fine on that Lisa, so the problem does not come from
> > the Lisa.
> > Any suggestion ?
> > Thanks in advance.
> > Jack

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