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Atari 520st floppy drive o.78, spins but then wont read disk?

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Try checking by changing the floppy, if cant read any of the floppies, there may a problem with the buy a new floppy drive, and you will be able to read from it ..
replacing is better than to repair ..

Posted on Apr 13, 2008

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