FLEXIBLE DISC USAGE AND HANDLING
The disc is similar to a phonograph record that stores programs and data
instead of music.
The 3 l/2-inch flexible disc is enclosed in a plastic
jacket and is maintenance free.
The disc is called a flexible or
mirco-flexible disc or media.
Data is stored on both sides of the disc, and
thus the name double-sided disc is applied. Due to the hard case and
automatic shutter the micro flexible disc is safer and more reliable than the
larger flexible discs on the market.
Here are some DOs and DONTs for the
handling of your discs.
Back Up Discs Frequently
There is always a chance of losing data when mass storage devices are
Causes of loss of data include programming bugs, operator errors,
power failures, and hardware failures.
Data may also be lost due to flexible
disc contamination or wear.
One protection against data loss is frequent
backup of your files onto other discs.
Store discs upright in a dust free
The box in which the discs are shipped, or a similar container, is
a good choice.
Operate your system in a relatively clean environment
Airborne contaminants and particles accidently dropped onto the disc will
cause your disc to wear prematurely and may cause unrealizable data storage and
Some of the most common contaminants are DUST, SMOKE,
ASHES, ERASER CRUMBS, and BREADCRUMBS.
NEVER ATTEMPT TO BLOW SMALL PARTICLES
FROM THE DISC. Chemical vapors may also cause premature disc wear.
Maintain proper temperature and humidity
The proper operating range is 10°C (50°F) to 40°C (104°F) and 20% to 80%
While temperature can be controlled, it may be necessary
to make special provisions to keep the humidity in the proper range. Although
the disc will continue to operate outside the normal humidity range, it will
wear more quickly and will have a higher error rate.
Avoid magnetic fields
The data is stored on the disc magnetically, and can be erased by an external
Avoid placing a disc near power transformers, magnets, large
disc memories, motors or CRTs (Cathode Ray Tube).
DO not touch the surface of the disc
The thickness of a fingerprint is enough to lift the head off the disc and
The oils in a fingerprint also collect dust which can cause the
disc to wear faster.
When you receive your disc drive and discs, you also receive a packet of
Note that the labels come in a variety of colors. Position the label
on the disc so that the colored portion of the label is folded over the lower
edge of the disc.