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I'm a total Apple addict, as you might tell.

Apple //c External Drive

Sweet! I finally scored an Apple //c external drive! These pop up on eBay from time to time but they’re usually over $100 bucks. This only cost me $50. Now I can duplicate disks quickly without have to swap back and forth between source and destination disks. That’s annoying and very time consuming. With two drives, it only takes about a minute to copy a disk.

It’s in pretty good shape, but definitely needs a good cleaning.

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I connected it to my //c and crossed my fingers. I hope it’s not dead. (Worst case scenario, I pull the Apple badge off it and throw it on my Scribe.)

I popped in a disk and entered “cat,d2” to access the drive.

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Yes! The drive-busy light illuminated and the disk began to spin.

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The contents of the disk were displayed. It works!

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I immediately rebooted with my System Utilities disk and started making copies.

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Copying disks is so much easier with two drives. I fired off 10 copies in no time at all.

RESTORATION

Taking this thing apart is as easy as removing the 8 screws from the back.

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Remove the lid and free the cable strain relief from the back.

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The whole drive tray will lift right out.

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A pulley? Really?

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You can pop out the Apple badge from the cover by pushing something through the hole on the other side of it.

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And that’s it. All ready for cleaning.

The cable cleaned up nicely with a little alcohol. There’s still a little rust on the screws, but I’ll have to live with that.

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As far as the plastics, I gave them a good cleaning in the sink, but there’s still some marks on it from it being banged against other things. I hope some Oxy bubbling action can pull it out.

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It’s pretty cold out today, and I’m out of peroxide. The retr0brite session will have to wait.

More to come....