Picked up a 1541 floppy drive on Ebay (Previous owner said it was reading/writing well) and am having a bit of trouble getting it to work. The box arrived and the poor little thing's front was smashed up a bit in shipping.
When I turn it on I hear the motor spin up and the red light turns on for a couple seconds, and then it settles down. When I give it the FORMAT command, I hear the motor spin up, and then after about a second it makes a clicking sound as if the heads smashing against the side for a couple seconds, stops (Motor still sounds as if its spinning for a few moments after), and then the red light flashes. The drive reports Error 21 "DISK READ ERROR".
Even though the floppy wasn't formatted, I tried giving it a load command to see what it would do, and it makes the same sound as it does with the FORMAT command and the Commodore says "?FILE NOT FOUND"
Would this be down to the heads being out of alignment from shipment? Or would it be down to something else? First time owning a 1541 so not sure how to proceed.
Thanks in advance!