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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:
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:
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.
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:
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.
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. ...