[vcf-midatlantic] Head alignment tape

Herb Johnson hjohnson at retrotechnology.info
Sat Jun 17 12:41:06 EDT 2017

Responding to Dave McGuire. He did not suggest using ordinary mag-tapes 
for alignment. My slight confusion: he posted that he donated several 
once-used tapes. Those would be of use for what he calls "rough 
alignment", which was part of my suggestion based on my 8-inch floppy 
drive experiences.

I did not make the additional point, that most 8-inch floppy drives I 
find, have no small alignment problems, they have larger problems. Like 
dirty or worn heads, serious alignment issues, broken electronics, wrong 
jumper configurations, on and on. Many work OK without touching alignments.

Point being, getting an original alignment disk (or mag tape), to fuss 
with something not broken - until you tweak it - may not be the best 
strategy. Whereas, reading a set of known-good diskettes (tapes) from 
several sources, confirms by statistics the alignment, and not just "it 
works with what I write". and it reduces risk of use, of those alignment 

The analogy may not hold. It doesn't matter, either an appropriate tape 
will be found, and used; or not. I'm just offering a path forward, with 
tools at hand. Dave already said he provided written-once tapes. That's 
good, there's no residual tracks from previous use on previous media, no 
likely wear, etc. I am not unfamiliar with mag-tapes.


Herbert R. Johnson, New Jersey in the USA
http://www.retrotechnology.com OR .net

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