About a week ago I went on a tear buying up 8-bit gear. Got myself a US made 1200XL, a HK made 800XL, and a SG made 1050. It all seems to work just fine but I am concerned about the sounds made by the 1050 drive. When seeking across the disk the drive sounds like an old goose complaining about chronic constipation.
bbRRRRR-aaaahHHH .. G! .. G! .. G! .. G! .. G! .. brrRRaaaaWWW-brrRRaaaaWWW!
And the computer is happily tooting away in the background.
Is that normal? I used to have a 1050 back in the 80s and it sounded happier and more joyful.
Like I said, the drive seems to work. I can format enhanced density (ED?) floppies and the drive passed diagnostics. My fear is the drive is wearing itself to dust.
I'm missing what you are actually hearing but what you seem to be describing are bad disks.
Should be seek/settle, read, seek/settle read. The only time you get into the bRRRRRRaaaarrrhhh is when the head has to completely reseek because it can't find a sector.