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Does anyone know how to clean tacky gunk off 3½" floppies disks? I've been rooting around in some Amiga disks I got from eBay and some of them are unusable due to the said tacky gunk.



It looks like some kinda cola residue.

Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

Date: 2011-09-05 04:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alohawolf.livejournal.com
Naptha should be ok for the plastics involved.

Date: 2011-09-05 05:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] griffinwolf.livejournal.com
Um, I would have said IPA (that's Iso-propyl Alcohol), so long as you're gentle?

I don't know if naptha would be a good idea (I'm assuming you're thinking of lacquer cleaner?) I'm not sure if it's just the housing that you have a problem with, or the film itself?

Date: 2011-09-05 05:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shep-shepherd.livejournal.com
WD-40 or GT85?

Date: 2011-09-05 06:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yagfox.livejournal.com
If it's cola or coffee, soapy water! Alcohols won't shift that!

Date: 2011-09-05 07:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hytiger.livejournal.com
Agreed :)

Date: 2011-09-05 09:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cheetah-spotty.livejournal.com
I agree with yagfox ... if the stains are just on the outside, it's probably some spilled sugary softdring. A wet cloth should get rid of those, just make sure no water gets inside the case.

Date: 2011-09-05 01:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] accordion-hero.livejournal.com
Mineral spirits

Date: 2011-09-05 06:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] megadog.livejournal.com
If they're more than 4 or 5 years old, chances are they'll be unreadable anyway. Magnetic degradation - it's a fact-of-life.

[Back when I was involved with a rather large data-storage program for NIREX we copied and verified all the archival magtapes on a six-monthly cycle to avoid this 'magnetic bit-rot' problem]

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