Proper Care of Floppy Diskettes

 
   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 the diskettes, make sure the
       surface is even.  This will allow the diskette to spin
       faster, resulting in better access time.
 
   3.  Do not fold diskettes unless they do not fit into the
       drive. "Big" diskettes may be folded and used in "little"
       disk drives.
 
   4.  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 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 into the drive.  Whenever
       you update a document, the data will be written on both
       diskettes.
 
   6.  Diskettes should not be inserted 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 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
       access to the slot.
 
   7.  If your diskette is full and you need more storage space,
       remove the disk from the drive and shake vigorously for 2
       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 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 disk.
 
   9.  Diskettes may be used as coasters for beverage glasses,
       provided that they are properly waxed beforehand.  Be sure
       to wipe the diskettes dry before using.  (see item 2
       above)
 
   10. Never use scissors and glue to manually edit documents. 
       The data is stored much too small for 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, however, provided the user is equipped with
       an electron microscope.
 
   11. Periodically spray diskettes with insecticide to prevent
       system bugs from spreading.

 
           

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