From: Keith Meidling,1:261/1099.2@amp;fidonet
Date: Sat, 21 Jan 95 19:30:03 EST
Subject: Proper diskette care and usage
Proper Diskette Care and Usage
- Never leave diskettes in the drive, as the 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.
- Diskettes should be cleaned and waxed once a week. Microscopic metal
particles may be removed by waving a powerful magnet over the surface of
the disk. Any stubborn metal shavings can be removed with scouring powder
and steel wool. When waxing a diskette, make sure the surface is even.
This will allow the diskette to spin faster, resulting in better access
- Do not fold diskettes unless they do not fit into the drive.
"Big" Diskettes may be folded and used in "Little"
- Never insert a diskette into the drive upside down. The data can fall
off the surface of the disk and jam the intricate mechanics of the
- Diskettes cannot be backed up by running them through a photo copy
machine. If your data is going to need to be backed up, simply insert TWO
diskettes into your drive. Whenever you update a document, the data will
be written onto both disks. A handy tip for more legible backup copies:
Keep a container of iron filings at your desk. When you need to make two
copies, sprinkle iron filings liberally between the diskettes before
inserting them into the drive.
- Diskettes should not be removed or inserted from the drive while the
red light is on or flashing. Doing so could result in smeared or possibly
unreadable text. Occasionally, the red light remains flashing in what is
known as a "hung" or "hooked" state. If your system is
hooking, you will probably need to insert a few coins before being allowed
to access the slot.
- If your diskette is full and needs 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 openings with scotch tape to prevent loss of data.
- Data access time may be greatly improved by cutting more holes in the
diskette jacket. This will provide more simultaneous access points to the
- Periodically spray diskettes with insecticide to prevent system bugs
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