1.Never leave the diskette 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
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
6.Diskettes should not be inserted or removed from the drive while the red
light is flashing. Doing so could result in smeared or unreadable text.
Occasiionally 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 vigourously for 2 minutes. This will pack the data
enough (using Data Compression) to allow for more storage. Be sure to cover
all the openings with Scotch tape to prevent data loss.
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 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 for more details.
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 documents stuck in the middle of your own. Razor blades and
Scotch tape may be used, however, provided the user is equipped with an
11.Periodically spray the diskettes with insecticide to prevent system bugs
12.Care should be taken to stop disks getting too cold. If they do,
however, all is not lost. Simply put them in a preheated oven gas mark 9
(190C) for twenty minutes on a lightly greased baking tray.
You should have no trouble with diskettes now.