[rescue] Re: Drive Reliability (was SCSI drive for sale at buy.com)

Dave McGuire mcguire at neurotica.com
Fri Apr 25 17:56:27 CDT 2003

On Friday, April 25, 2003, at 07:42 AM, Kevin wrote:
> We used to call that "sticktion".  Supposedly came from over
> oiling the spindle.  Always sounded like BS too me but i have
> known of several drives with that problem, although the cause
> was not verified.

   Nope, not BS at all...very well (and "officially") documented.  As a 
matter of fact, the term "stiction" was coined by an engineer at either 
Maxtor or Miniscribe (I don't recall which) to describe the condition.

   A poorly-chosen lubricant was applied to the spindle bearings.  In 
operation, it spun out onto the platters and gummed up.  When the heads 
land, they stick to it.


Dave McGuire
St. Petersburg, FL

More information about the rescue mailing list