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Old 21 October 2016, 18:31   #1
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- ! 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 :

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

Any comments are welcome
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Old 21 October 2016, 18:39   #2
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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.
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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
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Your my hand twin 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
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Ok, but why rich ?
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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?

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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.

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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
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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)

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