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Re: Disused Floppy Drive Needs Head Exercise.

On Tue, Nov 06, 2012 at 09:51:59AM -0600, Martin McCormick wrote:
> 	Is there any utility that will move the heads on a
> floppy drive from one stop to the other? I needed to write a
> floppy on an old system and discovered that the drive's head
> moving hardware has gotten stiff with disuse. It gets better the
> more I do something like dd if=/dev/fd0 of=somefile, but a
> better thing would be to make the head seek to the outer-most
> track, then the inner-most track and back again until things
> limber up.
> 	I could probably write something but no point in
> reinventing the wheel if there is already some application out
> there that does this.

You could try a disk-benchmarking program such as bonnie++.
Alternatively, use dd with alternating seek= parameters to write to the
start/end/start/end/... of the disk.

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