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Old 02 November 2019, 00:29   #1
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My A1200 internal floppy is making a strange sound

I know the amiga has a clunking noise as the drive heads move back and forwards waiting for an inserted disk

but my drive makes a slightly different sound from what in remember.
Its more of a clunk, tick-clunk, clunk, tick-clunk.

heres a video of it with audio.

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the disk drive reads disks. at least it read the workbench 3.1 disk i put in.
but the sound is annoying.

i was very briefly using anticlick until someone said to stop if the drive makes any noise at all when using it. so i did. now i get this.
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Old 02 November 2019, 10:07   #2
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If you are concerned about it then I would open it up and do some maintenance on it, which might help.

On the worm gear motor, clean off the original lubricant and lubricate with new lubricant. I use lithium grease.

Whilst you're at it, you should also clean the read/write heads - use a cotton but with isopropyl alcohol. And also lubricate the write-protect and disk presence sensor with something like WD40 - spray it on to a cotton bud and dab it on to the switches.

There are some very good videos on Youtube on how to maintain floppy disk drives - I recommend the ones from GadgetUK164.
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Old 02 November 2019, 21:49   #3
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The rails the head carriage slides on should also be lubricated.
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