diagnosing dead Mac 128K floppy drives

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  1. schuetz1619, Jan 2, 2011
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2011

    schuetz1619 macrumors newbie

    Dec 31, 2010
    Is there any user-doable diagnosis for Mac 128K floppy drives? When I turn on the machine I get the expected flashing question mark. I then insert a system disk (newly written, non-defective 400K single-sided disk, system 1.01), but the disk does not click into place, nor does the drive start to turn. This is true both of the internal disk and an external disk. I get the same result (actually, lack of result) with any disk I insert, including the original system disk.

    I have replaced the clock battery and verified that it is providing 4.5 v.

    The front side of the programmer's switch button causes a restart to the flashing question mark; the back side of the switch instantly yields a Sad Mac, code "0F000D".

    I'd sure like to do whatever I can by way of diagnosis before taking the unit to a repair shop.

    Many thanks,

  2. David Schmidt macrumors 6502

    David Schmidt

    Aug 22, 2006
    Southeastern USA
    So, the disk doesn't drop into either drive? Hmmm. Both could be bad, but that seems kind of unlikely. Any chance there's a disk already in either or both? (They should auto-eject if so, but...) Anything interesting when you stuff a (large) straightened paperclip in the hole?

    Are you certain the external drive is a 400k one? You can identify it with help of this page:

    Starting by dissembling and cleaning the external drive will be easier than pulling apart the Mac 128...
  3. MacTech68 macrumors 68020


    Mar 16, 2008
    Australia, Perth
    The 400K drives do commonly suffer from hardening lubricating grease. Sliding surfaces also get caked up with dust.

    Stripping the eject mechanism, cleaning it and re-greasing it will usually solve the problem if that is ALL that's wrong with it.


    EDIT: here is a good starting point.
    Yes, it's for a Lisa drive but they are essentially the same mechanically.

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