I was excited to find in a closet at my school an Apple IIe. It seems to be in good shape other than it being a bit dirty. The IIe was attached to a Duodisk with what I assume was the right cable. It booted fine and went straight to the Apple IIe screen, and a ctrl-reset takes it to basic mode.
My school had thrown out all of its 5.25 floppies, as I think there were some DOS disks lying around that were considered rubbish. All I had were some random 5.25 floppies that I found, that weren't DOS or ProDOS disks.
I used the cassette-in port to load some games from Apple Game Server, but I wanted to load some for quick access on to floppies. Using Apple Disk Server, I tried to load some games on to the floppies I found, but every time it showed a disk error. The drive sounded like it was working, and the access light lit up, however. I thought that perhaps the head needed a clean, so I pulled it apart, and being the hasty person I am, I forgot to take a picture of the connections. I later realized that the floppies were write-protected, so that may have been why it wasn't writing.
I cleaned the heads using some Q tips and methylated spirits. When I put it back together, I used some pictures I found on the internet to make sure everything was plugged in right. However, when I tried to load on to the disks using Apple Disk server, I heard a soft, low-pitched buzzing for a few seconds, which then stopped, and no access light. At this point I used ADTpro to audio-bootstrap DOS, trying to format the disk using INIT. However, this also showed what I believe was an IO error.
From that point on I have been trying to find a diagnostics program that will run on RAM, to diagnose the disk drive. If anyone has any suggestions, your help would be appreciated. Also, if anyone knows why the drive may not be working now, I would really appreciate your help.