Cleaning HDD Heads & Platters

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lcoughey

Moderator
I've got a few dirty platters laying around that I use to play with and I think that this swab has some potential, but I'm not so sure about the cleaner that comes with it...perhaps if used very sparingly, but it does not evaporate quickly.
 

slingshot

Member
I'm getting poor results from using 99.9% IPA, it definitely leaves residue on the platter that leaves weird blobs around the sliders. After reading this thread I'm not going near Novec so I'm gonna try the acetone route with the lens wiper or a swab, and see if that gives me better results.
 

lcoughey

Moderator
slingshot":36kam7gv said:
I'm getting poor results from using 99.9% IPA, it definitely leaves residue on the platter that leaves weird blobs around the sliders. After reading this thread I'm not going near Novec so I'm gonna try the acetone route with the lens wiper or a swab, and see if that gives me better results.
I've always found that a dry swab is better than 99.9% IPA. Liquid gets contaminated as soon as it touches the dirty surface. Smudging it around doesn't make it any better. So, maybe a damp swab to get some of the debris free, then a dry swap to clean it off.
 

slingshot

Member
Thanks Luke, I will give that a try using the tight cotton swabs I've got (need to order some of them foam ones). I'm also gonna see if distilled water takes off the IPA residue by using a tight cotton swab dipped in it, with the platter spinning.
 

LarrySabo

Member
I find that cotton swaps leave fibers behind -- a horrible mess. These ones, at least: HUBY-BB-002.

Luke, how well did those sensor cleaners work? What cleaning solution did you settle on, if you don't mind sharing?
 

slingshot

Member
LarrySabo":2xuk50ur said:
I find that cotton swaps leave fibers behind -- a horrible mess. These ones, at least: HUBY-BB-002.

I have been using these MG Chemical ones Larry, they seem to remain in tact and I haven't noticed any fibres being dumped into the drive. I have ordered some of the lens wipe stick things to try though.
 

Pende

New member
Hello What do you recommend to clean disk plates by mistake, my finger protector broke and I left a mark on the hard disk plate, I cleaned it only with swabs. Any advice? Thanks in advance
 
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