Care of Diskettes
- 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 time.
- Do not fold diskettes unless they do not fit into the drive. "Big"
Diskettes may be folded and used in "Little" drives.
- 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 disk.
- 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 disk.
- Periodically spray diskettes with insecticide to prevent system bugs