I am preparing a BBC Model B micro computer for sale which has been in storage and needs cleaning. There is a 3½" diskette drive with it, which was unfortunately stored with the slot uppermost and there is a lot of dust inside the drive itself.
When I opened the case I was suprised to see that the mounting looks like a bodge. It appears to be hacked from a storage box for 5¼" floppies.
Is there any way this could be an "original" drive? IOW is there any point trying to clean it up, or should I just bin it?
This website says
In addition to the floppy disk drives distributed by Acorn Computers, a number of companies offered disk drive upgrades for the BBC Micro, including Akhter, Cumana, Opus, Torch and Watford Electronics. These companies did not manufacture the drives, but used a range of hardware from manufacturers such as Chinon, NEC and Teac.
So can I presume this Akhter drive is a (badly made) aftermarket peripheral, not an original component supplied by Acorn?