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    Attachment 57140Attachment 57141IMG_1597.jpgIMG_1600a.jpgI picked up a couple of 1/2 height drives with a 5160 system. One drive seems to be fine. The other appears to need alignment according to my tests with IMD. The manufacturer's labels are in pretty bad shape, so I can't decipher the model number. The closest drive in my documentation files is a YE-DATA 380, but this isn't quite right. If anyone can identify the drive model, I'd appreciate it. I included photos of both drive labels, as they are damaged in different areas.

    I don't know why I can't get the pic right-side-up. Tried both ways. Sorry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lafos View Post
    I don't know why I can't get the pic right-side-up. Tried both ways. Sorry.
    Run the pics through a pic program, e.g., IrfanView or something similar and re-save them. It will strip the BS Metadata the camera inserted.

    Alternatively, use a camera, not a phone.

    I can't read upside down and I can't maneuver my head that way either so I'll be waiting for the corrected pics.
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    I think the floppy drives with that sticker were made by YE-DATA so that would likely be a YD-580 which is the 360k variant of the YD-380. I don't know how to tell the various sub-models apart. I don't believe a YD-580 manual is online.

    Odd, I can't find a good picture of the YD-580 to double check.

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    Looks like a YD-580 to me also. I even have a couple.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stone View Post
    Run the pics through a pic program, e.g., IrfanView or something similar and re-save them. It will strip the BS Metadata the camera inserted.

    Alternatively, use a camera, not a phone.

    I can't read upside down and I can't maneuver my head that way either so I'll be waiting for the corrected pics.
    Thanks for the suggestion. They are corrected.

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    Yes, I'd agree with the two previous posters, the sticker surely says YD 580.
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    Quote Originally Posted by krebizfan View Post
    I think the floppy drives with that sticker were made by YE-DATA so that would likely be a YD-580 which is the 360k variant of the YD-380. I don't know how to tell the various sub-models apart. I don't believe a YD-580 manual is online.

    Odd, I can't find a good picture of the YD-580 to double check.
    You are probably right. There's a photo on the page if you scroll down.
    https://ibm-pc.webnode.sk/floppy-disk-drives/

    I have the YD-380 service manual. Do you think it would work for the track 0 sensor adjustment on the YD-580?

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    Are you sure it's alignment?

    Can it format/read it's own disks?

    If not, it's not the alignment.

    What are the actual symptoms?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stone View Post
    Are you sure it's alignment?

    Can it format/read it's own disks?

    If not, it's not the alignment.

    What are the actual symptoms?
    Suspect drive can format and read its disks. Cannot read commercial disks or disksmade in another drive, I have several, and all pass the IMD alignment test and can read commercial disks.

    Suspect drive in IMD alignment test with commercial disk has wrong tone, and bounces between tracks 0 and 1. IMD reports it cannot determine interleave.

    Disk made in suspect drive cannot be read by a "good" drive.

    I suspect that the track 0 needs adjustment.

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    Looks like you nailed it. Hopefully you'll be able to set track 0.
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