I brought up my old system from the basement. I put it there in 1990 or so. Hooked everything up and it kind of worked. The monitor started fine. System booted up. I'm having problems getting the disk to insert. It gets stuck and doesn't want to drop down. I opened up the SF354 and found that it's getting stuck on the left side but if I press down on it a bit it sits into place. I'll tackle that later.
The drive tried to read the disk. I get mixed results but none of it works all the way. Sometimes it will say zero bytes. Sometimes it will partially read the disk, show that there are 12 files or whatever, but the text for the file names is corrupted. I'll try to click on one of the files in the folder and it will show zero bytes or say the disk is corrupted.
What are the odds that this is simply that the disks are in fact corrupted after sitting in a wooden box for 30 years? When I have the drive apart, I can see the disk spinning. The drive read head moves somewhat. Maybe it's working fine. Maybe it's sticking and not moving properly.
Question 1) It seems to me the first thing to do is get a known good disk and drop it in the drive and see how the system reacts to that. Is that what you all would recommend? If so, can you direct me to where I can get my hands on a disk that has some programs and or files that are known to be in good shape?
Thank you for the assistance. I'm rather excited to dig out this gem from my past.
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