[vcf-midatlantic] Mac SE coming to Workshop

Dean Notarnicola dnotarnicola at gmail.com
Fri Aug 11 14:29:02 EDT 2017

Never drop them! Sticktion can (usually) safely be fixed by placing the
drive on a smooth surface, rapidly rotating it a few times with a flick of
the wrist, then quickly applying power. Dropping risks head damage.
The only time this did not work for me, I had to sacrifice the drive by
opening it and spinning the platters manually. The drive was absolutely on
borrowed time from that point on, but I managed to recover the data. Does
not bother using it after that.

On Fri, Aug 11, 2017 at 1:54 PM Adam Michlin via vcf-midatlantic <
vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org> wrote:

> Certain early brand new SE hard drives (I want to say Quantum 40s and
> 80s, but my memory is fuzzy) were prone to so-called "stiction" even
> back in the day when they were new. Back in the day we would drop the
> computer from a few inches and often fix them.
> My understanding is that if that works these days your drive is on
> borrowed time (maybe even back then!).
> On 8/11/2017 1:42 PM, Jeffrey Brace via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
> > I'm interested in compact macs. I have an SE/30 that I used in college
> and
> > loved the machine!
> >
> > Besides replacing the sticker, I also found that kicking computers helps
> > too. Sometimes these old machines are just grouch old computers. If in
> > doubt kick it!
> >
> > On Fri, Aug 11, 2017 at 11:34 AM, william degnan via vcf-midatlantic <
> > vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org> wrote:
> >
> >> I am picking up a MAC SE model 5011 with a bad SCSi HD (I am told) on
> the
> >> way to the workshop Saturday to play around with.  Not sure if anyone is
> >> into these I think the hard drive is bad because it needs a new Apple
> >> sticker on the side.  I have found if you replace the sticker the
> computer
> >> fixes itself.
> >>
> >
> >

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