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Naughty sysadmins use dark magic to fix PCs for clueless users

Alan Brown Silver badge

Re: No quite wizadry but.../ Percussive Maintenance @TheNeonSpirit

"The condition was termed 'Stiction'"

It wasn't just IBM with this problem. During the early-mid 1990s it occured on a variety of drives from a variety of manufacturers.

The alternative to a tap - if you could remove the drive - was to twist it sharply around the platter spin axis and put it back in quickly. This usually worked without risking head damage.

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