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  • ISBN-13: 9781580760133
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 11/6/1998
  • Edition description: BOOK&DISK
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 253
  • Product dimensions: 8.86 (w) x 10.83 (h) x 0.82 (d)

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Chapter 5: Managing Files, Folders, and Floppy Disks

In Chapter 3, "Working with My Computer," and Chapter 4, "Working with Windows Explorer," you learned the basics of using Windows Explorer and My Computer. Now that you are familiar with these features, and now that you know how to use them to open folders and files and to examine the contents of your computer system, you are ready to learn how to use these features to manage your files, folders, and floppy disks.

Objectives

By the time you have finished this chapter, you will have learned to
  1. Manage floppy disks
  2. Create and rename folders and files
  3. Move files and folders
  4. Copy files and folders
  5. Recycle and delete files and folders

Objective 1: Managing Floppy Disks

Floppy disks are important because you can remove them from the computer and carry them with you. You can use them for backing up data to keep it safe, and for transporting data to another location. Knowing how to use and handle floppy disks is a vital part of using a computer.
Back up:    Copy data onto a removable disk or tape cartridge so it can be stored for safekeeping.
In this section, you learn how to identify and protect floppy disks, how to use a floppy disk drive, and how to prepare a floppy disk for use.

Identifying Types of Floppy Disks

The easiest way to determine the type of floppy disk you have is to read either the box the disks came in or the disk itself. You should look for four key pieces of information:

  • Size.    The size of a floppy disk refers to the physical size. The most common size is 3 1/2-inches. The 5 1/4-inch disks used to be common, but they are fast becoming obsolete. Figure 5.1 shows the front of a 3 1/2-inch disk.
  • Density.    The density refers to how tightly packed data can be on a disk. Most disks currently available are high-density (HD). Double-density (DD) disks are becoming obsolete.
  • Capacity.    The capacity refers to the amount of data that can fit on the disk. The 3 1/2-inch high-density disks can store either 1.44 or 2.88MB of data.
  • Format.    The format determines which computer the disk is compatible with. Disks can be purchased preformatted for IBM-type PCs or for Apple Macintosh computers. Disks are also available unformatted so you can format them yourself.

Protecting Floppy Disks

To safeguard data stored on a floppy disk, you must take care of them properly. Proper care includes protecting both the disk itself and the data on the disk.

To help keep your floppy disks error-free, follow these guidelines:

  • Don't expose them to extreme heat (above 125 degrees Fahrenheit) or cold (below 50 degrees Fahrenheit).
  • Keep disks away from magnetic fields, such as telephones, calculators, and even computers.
    Note:    Of course, you can't keep disks away from computers completely! But, when a disk is not in use, you can use care not to leave it laying on top of a computer case or monitor.
  • Don't smoke around floppy disks.
  • Avoid spilling food or drinks on floppy disks.
  • When disks are not in use, store them in a clean, dry, safe place.
  • Use a felt-tip pen to write a label on all disks so you know what data is stored on them. If you use a hard ballpoint pen, you run the risk of denting the disk so that the drive cannot read it or write to it.
  • Don't take a disk out of a disk drive while the drive light is on.
  • Don't force a disk into a disk drive.
  • Don't open the metal shutter or touch the surface of the disk itself.

To protect your data, you can copy files onto more than one disk so that if one disk is damaged you still have another. You can also write-protect disks so that you don't accidentally over-write or erase files already on the disk.

Write-protect:    Protect a disk so that no one can overwrite or erase data from it.
To write-protect a 3 1/2-inch floppy, slide the write-protect tab found on the upper-left corner of the back of the disk up to open it. To remove write-protection, slide the tab down (see Figure 5.2).
Note:    No matter how careful you are with your disks, there is always a possibility that they will become damaged. The most important way to protect your files is to make backup copies on more than one disk. You learn how to copy files later in this chapter. You learn more about backing up data in Chapter 9, "Maintaining Your Computer."
Inserting a Floppy Disk into a Disk Drive

Floppy disks are designed to fit into floppy disk drives -- 3 1/2-inch floppy disks fit into 3 1/2-inch disk drives, and 5 1/4-inch disks fit into 5 1/4-inch disk drives. Disks don't fit in the wrong drive. They also cannot fit in backward or upside down.

In this exercise, you insert a floppy disk into a disk drive, then remove it. To complete this exercise, you should have a blank floppy disk that fits into the floppy drive A on your computer. If necessary, ask your instructor for more information.

Inserting and Removing a Floppy Disk

To insert and remove a floppy disk, follow these steps:

  1. Hold the disk by the plastic end opposite the metal shutter, with the label facing up and the metal hub facing down (refer back to Figures 5.1 and 5.2).
  2. Slide the disk gently through the disk drive door until it settles into the drive with a click and the disk removal button pops out.
    Note:    If you are using a 5 1/4-inch disk, hold the disk with the label toward you, facing up. Slide the disk all the way in without bending it, then close the drive door latch. To remove the disk, open the drive door latch and slide the disk out.
  3. Press the disk removal button. The end of the disk pops out of the drive.
  4. Grasp the disk and pull it all the way out of the drive.
Preparing a Floppy Disk for Use

These days, most floppy disks come preformatted and ready for use. However, if you have an unformatted disk, or if you are recycling a disk that contains data you are certain you no longer need, you must format the disk before you can use it.

You can format disks using Windows Explorer or My Computer. When you format a disk with Windows 98, the application checks the surface of the disk for bad areas, then organizes it for use with Windows' filing system. If any data already exists on the floppy disk, it is erased.

In this exercise, you learn how to format a 3 1/2-inch floppy disk. Make sure you have a blank floppy disk available before starting this exercise. ...

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Table of Contents

1. Getting Started.
2. Working with Windows.
3. Working with My Computer.
4. Working with Windows Explorer.
5. Managing Files, Folders, and Floppy Disks.
6. Using Windows 98 Accessories.
7. Customizing Your Desktop.
8. Customizing Windows 98.
9. Maintaining Your Computer.
10. Using Microsoft Internet Explorer.
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