Desperate to fix LC III

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Desperate to fix LC III

I have an Apple LC III. The mother board battery is dead but I don't know what can go wrong with it dead. I looked around inside it and didn't see anything wrong with it except when I opened the hard drive cover and saw there were like line things on the CD looking thing inside the hard drive. I didn't touch it though. How do I clean this and if I do get it cleaned then will everything still be on the hard drive? Is there anything that won't work with the M.B battery dead? When I start it up, It sometimes doesn't boot up, and when starting up, it sounds like it's going really slow when starting. It doesn't even make the start up noise sometimes... When it does work when booting (slow...), it brings me to a happy mac dude and then goes to a screen with a picture of a small floppy disk with a blinking question mark in it... I am desperate to get this working again... Please help!

-Austin Ramsay

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You opened up the hard drive?

You opened up the hard drive?
That's a very effective way of killing a hard drive.

Didn't someone else (or perhaps you) post the same thing about a month or so ago?

You shouldn't open - and definitely shouldn't attempt to clean the inside of a hard drive, ever.

What did the "line things" look like on the platter? It the platter's scratched from a head crash or contamination, it's dead and not coming back.

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Well, I didn't do anything to

Well, I didn't do anything to the hard drive and I just looked at it, and saw it was NOT scratches but looked like somebody had touched it or something (it was not me) and it tried to spin and just spread out the fingerprint lines or something.

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Dump that drive . . .

. . . and move on. Find a small SCSI drive and slap it in and get going. Or, you can waste a lot of time fixing something to the point where it can't be trusted.

William
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