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Proper Care of Floppies
1. Never leave diskettes in the disk drive, as data can leak out of the disk
and corrode the inner mechanics of the drive. Diskettes should be rolled up
and stored in pencil holders.
2. Diskettes should be cleaned and waxed once a week. Microscopic metal
particles can be removed by waving a powerful magnet over the surface of the
disk. Any stubborn metallic shavings can be removed with scouring powder and
soap. When waxing diskettes, make sure application is even. This will allow
the diskettes to spin faster, resulting in better access time.
3. Do not fold diskettes unless they do not fit in the drive. "Big" diskettes
may be folded and used in "little" disk drives.
4. Never insert a disk into the drive upside down. The data can fall off the
surface of the disk and jam the intricate mechanics of the drive.
5. Diskettes cannot be backed up by running them through the Xerox machine.
If your data is going to need to be backed up, simply insert two diskettes
together into the drive. Whenever you update a document, the data will be
recorded on both diskettes.
6. Diskettes should not be inserted into or removed from the drive while the
red light is flashing. Doing so could result in smeared or possibly unreadable
text. Occasionally the red light continues to flash in what is known as a
"hung" or "hooked" state. If your system is "hooking" you, you will probably
need to insert a few coins before being allowed to access the disk drive.
7. If your diskette is full and you need more storage space, remove the disk
from the drive and shake vigorously for two minutes. This will pack the data
enough (Data Compression) to allow for more storage. Be sure to cover all the
openings with scotch tape to prevent loss of data.
8. Data access time can be greatly improved by cutting more holes in the
diskette jacket. This will provide more simultaneous access points to the
9. Diskettes can be used as coasters for beverage glasses, provided they have
been properly waxed beforehand. Be sure to wipe the diskettes dry before
inserting into drive. (see item #2 above.)
10. Never use scissors and glue to manually edit documents. The data stored is
much too small to be seen with the naked eye, and you may end up with data
from some other document stuck in the middle of your document. Razor blades
and scotch tape may be used, provided the user is equipped with an electron
11. Periodically spray diskettes with insecticide to prevent system bugs from
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