Head cleaning ..

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Vipersan
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Head cleaning ..

Post by Vipersan » Fri Sep 07, 2018 5:51 pm

Looking for some advice here..
So far I've dumped around 100+ C64 disks ..but only the A sides..
Hopefully I will have a flippy soon.
That said I recently noticed the scatter getting somewhat 'less' density wise.
I figured the heads might well need cleaning again..
I did this prior to installing the drive in my dual drive unit..but decaying floppies will no doubt produce 'crud' ..
not good for the heads ..not good for any disks that follow.
Yes ..the cotton bud and alcohol sorted this out..
but is less than convenient when I have to strip down and access the heads again.
I did some searching for some sort of head cleaner disk ..but drawn a blank.
Understandable given the fact that floppies particularly 5.25 inch are a relic of the past.
So ..has anyone made their own cleaning disk ??
if so details would be useful.
Something that could be used frequently between sessions ..say ..every 20 disk dumps ?
..and reduce the frequency of cotton bud cleaning ..
rgds
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Vipersan
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Re: Head cleaning ..

Post by Vipersan » Sat Sep 29, 2018 1:37 pm

Started my homebrew solution to head cleaning..
It consists of a salvaged floppy disk sleeve ..
A piece of High quality premium photo printer card cut to fit and the relevant holes made ..both for motor platter and sensor.
2 strips of sticky backed silk surgical tape.
I chose this so as to be slightly rough ..slightly absorbant and free of lint..
One strip either side of the photo card to line up with the head slots.
Still nice and thin so as to fit in the dive....and unable to rotate on account it is square ..
I should be able to dab ISO onto the silk for head cleaning ..and thus will evaporate after use.
I'll use Kryos calibrate function to initiate a cleaning action.
rgds
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