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dlfrsilver 21 October 2016 18:31

- ! How to clean a dirty/mouldy disk ! -
 
Hi guys,

I have finally made today a tutorial on youtube in order to show you how to clean correctly floppy disks with mould and crap on the disk surface.

the video below :

https://youtu.be/pzDN9Pu7TGs


I apologize for the english, as i did this tut quick 'n' Fast.

Any comments are welcome :)

Akira 21 October 2016 18:39

Thanks for this.
What about the fabric inside the disk case? Mold could stay there maybe, spores, whatever we cannot plain see. How about washing the cases and then leaving them to dry properly?

Personally, the way I did it, and it was only for backup purposes, is I transferred the cleaned disc into a known clean case.

dlfrsilver 21 October 2016 18:58

Quote:

Originally Posted by Akira (Post 1117963)
Thanks for this.
What about the fabric inside the disk case? Mold could stay there maybe, spores, whatever we cannot plain see. How about washing the cases and then leaving them to dry properly?

Personally, the way I did it, and it was only for backup purposes, is I transferred the cleaned disc into a known clean case.

Like explained above, i did the tuto quickly. It's true however that i normally pass the inner coating to the alcohol.

I didn't do it in the video. But it's indeed worth to be noted :)

Retro1234 21 October 2016 20:18

Your my hand twin:great We could be Rich!

dlfrsilver 21 October 2016 20:29

Quote:

Originally Posted by Retro1234 (Post 1117987)
Your my hand twin:great We could be Rich!

Ah you mean my hands look like yours, or you mean i'm very agile and habile with my hands ? lol :laughing

Retro1234 21 October 2016 20:42

Just my hand fetish.

dlfrsilver 21 October 2016 20:55

Quote:

Originally Posted by Retro1234 (Post 1117997)
Just my hand fetish.

Ok, but why rich ? :confused :D

Sim085 08 December 2018 14:17

Since this is sticky I thought of putting my question here;

How can one get rid of black spots on the floppy (internal) platter. I use a very similar method to the above to clean floppy disks with IPA. However I noticed some disks have areas which are darker, sometimes just spots, sometimes a full chunks. Also, not sure, but I am under the impression that these become more visible after IPA is applied. I tried using more IPA to remove them but to no avail.

So what are these dark spots? Is it possible to clean or the floppy can be considered dead once such black spots appear? Also does inserting disks with such dark spots in a floppy drive put the floppy drive at risk?

FOL 10 December 2018 12:55

I have saved 1000's of disks, with soft cloth and washing up liquid (found IPA didn't do a good enough job). It removes all the dirt, so aslong as the magnetic field is still intact, you are good to go.

Hewitson 30 December 2018 20:49

Washing up liquid... Can imagine the mrs when she goes to do the dishes and theres no detergent left cause you've used it all on your disks :laughing

Nightshft 11 April 2019 05:34

First thing I've learned with disks -back in the days, but still strong in my brainstem ;) - is : never touch the surface with anything or it's dead instantly.

Which explains how stunned I was 1-2 years ago when I learned about this methods of cleaning. I never tried it myself, but there are quite some sources (including JanBeta IIRC) who recommend this, so I'm sure it works.

Note that you can 3d-print two simple tools, one to keep the lid open, and one to turn the disk easily and thus removing the need to open the case. I dont have the link available now, but can find it if needed.

edit:
Didnt find a thingiverse entry, but an ebay offer for this tool. (click on: see original listing)

bolding 12 August 2019 21:33

Awesome tip!
On thingiverse I can recommend this little design :)
https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2715428

breech 19 October 2019 14:21

I use IPA on one end of a cotton bud to wet the dirty spot and then use the dry end to gently scrub/dry. It's slow but works most of the time without destroying disks.
Note: If your drive was used to read mouldy disks then the heads are probably dirty too and will need cleaning.


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