Best solution for cleaning my 512k's gunky floppy drive?

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  1. PowerMac G4 MDD macrumors 68000

    PowerMac G4 MDD

    Jul 13, 2014
    At the intersection of Conch and Coral.
    Hey all... About a year ago or more someone randomly gave me a Macintosh 512k. Everything on it is fine but the floppy drive is so gunked up that the disk doesn't lock into it. I pressed the leaver inside with a paper clip and saw that the motor still runs, so I blame it fully on the drive being so dirty. What is the best way to clean it up? I am sure I will get answers about applying WD-40 or lubricant to the moving parts, but there is a lot of gunk I want to remove. I haven't opened my 512k in a while, so I don't know if you can easily detach the mechanism from the drive's circuits and other components that can't get wet. If I can, I wanted to just submerge the whole mechanism in cooking oil or something, wash it clean, and maybe apply some lubricant to it. So is there a simple way that I can clean this by submerging it? If not, is there a simple way to oil it up without taking the drive apart? I want this thing to work again.
  2. David Schmidt macrumors 6502

    David Schmidt

    Aug 22, 2006
    Southeastern USA
    Recently discussed right here:

    The 512ke takes some special tools to take apart (the long torx, maybe case separators), and it's fiddly to get the 3.5" drive apart to clean it. If you want it to work again - prepare for some work.

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