My Old Mac SE Super Drive

Discussion in 'Apple Collectors' started by jcj, Jan 2, 2010.

  1. jcj macrumors newbie

    Jan 2, 2010
    I pulled my old Mac SE Superdrive with the 9" screen out of the basement today. I haven't turned it on in about 15 years. It powers up, but the little Mac happy-face icon flashes for a few minutes, then a floppy disk with a question mark on it flashes repeatedly. It does not seem to be reading the hard drive.

    It has not been physically damaged - just hasn't been turned on in over a decade. It worked fine when I put it in the box in the basement. Any ideas about how to get this up and running again?


  2. David Schmidt macrumors 6502

    David Schmidt

    Aug 22, 2006
    Southeastern USA
    The hard drive probably isn't spinning up any more - a common occurrence when old ones sit for extended periods. I've pulled drives out and rotated them sharply along the axis of the spindle to get them unstuck, but it'll tend to do that the next time you shut it off again. Now might be the time to start looking into solid state solutions.
  3. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003

    For a Mac SE? LOLz. :D
  4. viggen61 macrumors 6502

    Jul 24, 2002
    New Jersey

    Heh - I used to "kick start" the SE's around my office 15 years back, when the 20 and 40 MB drives would get sticky. Just carefully lift the SE by its handle, and rotate it by twisting your wrist back & forth a couple times. Just watch for the wires, and anything nearby. Doesn't take a huge motion to get them unstuck.

    Used to work on the 6 & 7 year old ones way back then...

    Much better lubricants on the drive spindles these days...


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