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Cleaning floppydisks

To properly clean floppy disks greatly increases the likelihood of being able to recover all the data without problems. Fail to do so may result in disk surface damage, irrevocably damaging the data beyond any hope.

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Gluing floppy disk donut to metal hub

Repairing a disk by gluing it back to its metal hub will allow you to fully recover the disk but there's a catch: due to misalignment you'll need a special too to do the recovery.

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FloppyControlApp: Waveform Editor

The waveform editor allows you to edit waveforms that are captured using an oscilloscpe connected directly to the floppydrive head to capture the analogue flux signal. This can significantly increase recovery rates.

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FloppyControlApp: Error Correction

Error correction is a last resort strategy to get bad sectors recovered. The video in this article will show you how error correction can be used and to what degree it'll be able to recover bad sectors reliably.

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FloppyControlApp: Scan function

The scan function adjusts settings and reprocesses the captured data in a number of ways. This increases the recovery of sectors significantly.

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Introducing FloppyControlApp

Capturing disk flux data using hardware and software with advanced recovery options.

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Getting good first layer bed adhesion

One of the challenges makers face is how to make the first layer stick to the print bed. In this article I talk about my experiences with different types of adhesives, filaments and surfaces.

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How to upload new firmware to Arduino/Ramps based 3D printer

When starting out with 3D printing a lot of new things must be learned in order to get your printer up and running. One such thing is firmware. This article describes how to upload a new firmware.

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What is backlash in 3D printing?

Many problems with printing in 3D stems from backlash. It is caused by anything that introduces some looseness, play or springiness in the x and y axes.

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Repair MSX-2 VG-8235 floppy drive belt

Bringing the MSX-2 back to life using 3D printing a new belt for its floppy drive.

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