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    Default Dirtiest disk drive ever?

    They might try cleaning it first....
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    Not even close. I have actually owned Disk][ s in worse condition. Ones that sat next to some very slimy boring machines.

    But I've also seen drives that were caked full of muddy mouse nest stuff...
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    I went to repair a computer about a decade ago in an old Oil Company office. There was a 5150 connected with an old frame relay card (as near as I could tell) to get oil prices. It was still running, but literally had black soot in and on it that was over 1/2 an inch deep.

    I decided it was best not to clean it- it would probably have generated static and broken it, and there was no way to replace that old card or the software it ran...

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    "USED AND WORKING IN GOOD CONDITION"

    Did they even look at it? Hahhaah. Their definition of "good" differs slightly from mine.
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    It may be laser printer toner all over it. That stuff it tough to clean.

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    Could be metal dust. We got some gear from a saw sharpening place, one time, that was covered in crud like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rittwage View Post
    It may be laser printer toner all over it. That stuff it tough to clean.
    Graphite. The biggest mistake most people make is trying to clean it off with hot water.

    I have a machine that was in a place that milled graphite. I'll likely never get it all off and out. Very bad stuff to have inside a computer card cage, finely ground graphite dust is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EagleTG View Post
    "USED AND WORKING IN GOOD CONDITION"

    Did they even look at it? Hahhaah. Their definition of "good" differs slightly from mine.
    I used to call that "ebay mint"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Witchy View Post
    I used to call that "ebay mint"
    Most would call it "Ebay Mint Steve Jobs rare"

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    Look at the seller's feedback - 96.7% is horrendous.

    There are times something I bought on eBay was advertised as "good working", and was anything but when I got it. In every instance, I've never had to open a case - I just messaged the seller, and they immediately refunded me without me having to send it back. My guess is they actually know nothing about the item, and just list it as working and "hope for the best".

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