Cleaning out a Hard Drive........

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just one question... does any body trust themselves enough to do that? I would be worried about damaging my 100.0 GB WD, so I would never do it. Has anybody actually done that before? I have a handful of old hard drives lying around this room... and not one of them was ever cleaned. All work just fine... some over 5 years of age.
 
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Ok I read past the second page and realized it was a joke. :D hehe
 
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deuce---Yeah, I do this all the time. But you do have to be careful. The author was cleaning a SCSI drive which as you know is much more robust then your more typical EIDE drive. This is important information because this effects the wash cycle you use in the dishwasher. A SCSI drive can be washed in the normal dishwasher setting, this, however, is not true with EIDE drive. You MUST , I repeat, you MUST use the China/Crystal setting when washing an EIDE drive. I unfortunately had to learn this the hard way, so I freely give this information to prevent more novice, but clean freak (said lovingly), computer users from making my mistake. The author of this article should have brought that to the readers attention. These little details are what separate a fun experience from disaster.

I also noted that he was using a number 9 toothbrush to clean the floating heads. While this a common method with the SCSI heads, again, the more prudent computer user should use the number 2 toothbrush which have a noticeably softer feel. Again, its that SCSI verus EIDE dichotomy.


(God help me if any newbie reads this and thinks its true! ITS A JOKE PEOPLE! )
 
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Ok yeah... I realized it was a joke the second time. The first time I only looked at the first two pages... once I went back to read it more and saw all the stuff about the "bits and pieces" and especially the tooth brush... then ok I got it. :D Guess I should have not made a comment before reading further... but then again I should have figured it out even before I got past DS's link.
 

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You guys had to go and spoil my fun didn't you?

Sufferin Sachatash............U^^$&*(%***)&%&^^%$^%*(^$**
 
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It pays to read everything first so you know if it's a joke or not.

I knew it was from the Topic because I seen this before.
 

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deuce,

We're gonna let this one slide, but just know we do this from time to time to be sure that our instructors are reading all the material.

You've been warned now. :D
 
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deuce,

We're gonna let this one slide, but just know we do this from time to time to be sure that our instructors are reading all the material.

You've been warned now. :D
Ok good...I'll watch out next time. :rolleyes: :D
 
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Besides, everyone knows it takes 100 grit sandpaper and lacquer thinner to do a good job, sheesh...Rhett :rolleyes:
 
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plus you have to use some pressure when scrubbing...just a "wipe down" doesn't deep clean enough... :rolleyes:
 

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