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Anyone got a NeXT cube with a functioning MO drive?

NeXT

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Last I remember there was ONE and exactly ONE (1) guy on nextcomputers.org that had a working drive and was offering a MO dump service.
In theory though you can get your own working if you recap the bloody thing but nobody has ever done the job.
 

NeXT

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When I dismantled mine I found all the caps (tiny through-hole radials) on the motor control board had failed, which would explain why even NOS drives were winding up dead.

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There are a few more elsewhere in the drive so it's entirely possible that replacing them will bring most of the drives back. The rest might have trouble with rumored cloudy optics.
 

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I unfortunately can't help you with that however I'm sure someone else between the two forums can offer their donor drive. Most people now are replacing the MO with CD anyways.
 

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While I doubt its compatible, I do have a working pinnacle micro apex 4.6g MO. I know it can read 650mb MO disks. If you can give me some guidance, I'd be happy to dump your disks.
 

Chuck(G)

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No--I have one of those also--along with both 1024 and 512-byte sector media. The NeXT stuff is quite different.

The more I read the Cube information, the worse the thing looks. Nobody seems to have any good idea of why the Canon drives fail--just a lot of guesses. The NeXT disks/discs were 256 MB, not standard 650 ones. Internal documentation on the NeXT box seems close to non-existent.
 
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