Floppy Drive woes

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I have an original M0001 Macintosh from 1984 and I am increasingly experiencing technical problems with the internal 400kb drive and the external drive that I have. I have several generic floppy disks for it, Memorex double sided disks formatted to single sided, KO Double Sided disks, Maxwell etc, I seem to be randomly encountering problems where it will not boot with an error code of 0F0064 which I understand to be an operating system load failure. I seem to be also encountering a large number of disks that fail when attempting to be formatted on ether disk drive, although the internal drive seems to have a better success rate with formats. I don't ever recall in the past these drives being so problematic and bothersome, are they? There does appear to be a rather disconcerting tick tick tick tick noise from the internal floppy drive when it is attempting to read or write to a disk. I suspect that these drives ether need cleaning somehow or adjusting. Are there some better brands than others in terms of reliable floppy disk media?

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Re: Floppy Drive woes

Do you have a cleaner floppy you could try?

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Re: Floppy Drive woes

Good point, no I don't have one, I guess I can chase one down from somewhere.

Does the cleaner disk have to be specific to the 400k drive?

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Re: Floppy Drive woes

No, I'm not entirely familiar with how they work Wink
But to be safe you could tape over the right hole on the bottom.

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Re: Floppy Drive woes

Found myself a cleaning kit, these don't seem that common