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basic info about using a floppy disk?

by Pelicans / June 2, 2005 9:47 AM PDT

I am taking a basic computer class so I will be using their computers. I have to use a floppy disk when I write the exam. They supply the floppy disk.
In order to use the disk, what are all the steps?
I must make sure the write protection window is closed.
Then I insert the disk.
Is there anything else that I have to do to successfully make use of the disk, or to make sure my answers are on the disk?
Is there anything that I am supposed to do before removing the disk?
(I said it was basic, I don't have this experience, and the manual doesn't explain these things, it just explains how to format a floppy disk)

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Pelicans, What Are You Supposed To Do With The Disk?
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / June 2, 2005 10:08 AM PDT

You've already stated the basics but a disk is meant for "saving" files. I'm guessing that you are being required to create a document or file on your computer...Is that correct?

Is there a file on the disk which you need to edit or write to? Or is the file already on your computer?

If the file is already on the disk, then I recommend opening the disk by double clicking on "My Computer", then double click on the "3 1/2 Floppy (A)" icon to view the file inside. In your situation, you should then choose to "copy" the file to your desktop by RIGHT clicking on the file icon, choose "Copy" from the menu, then move your mouse to a blank area of your desktop, RIGHT click there, then choose "Paste". A copy of the file will be placed on your desktop. (If you happen to damage the file on your desktop, you can then get a clean copy again from the floppy disk.) Open the file by double clicking on the file icon. Add or edit it at that time.

Then after the file is edited and saved on the desktop, simply RIGHT click on the file, select "Send To" from the little menu that pops up, then select "3 1/2 " floppy disk". You will be asked whether you want to replace the other version and as long as you're sure you like the current version, choose "YES". The file will then be copied and pasted to the disk.

The disk can then be removed, moved to another computer, and the file will be there to open and review.

Hope this helps.


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they haven't told me
by Pelicans / June 2, 2005 10:22 AM PDT

All I am told is that they will provide the floppy disk. I don't know what will be on it, if anything. I am assuming that I will have to create some documents, or maybe make some changes if they have something on it already.
This why I need to know about some of the early steps of using it, because this course (for basic learning) seems to assume that I already know many of these things, and I don't.
I do appreciate any suggestions, it'll be open-book exam, and I can use any resources that I want, including online help. But, I want to be prepared as much as possible, because I will only have one hour.

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Pelicans, A Good Place To Research...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / June 3, 2005 9:06 AM PDT
In reply to: they haven't told me

...almost anything, including floppy disk usage, is Google. Click on the link below, then type any subject in the search line. Google will then provide you with a number of websites that you can read and learn from.

If you don't already have the site bookmarked as a "Favorite", I recommend doing so.

Hope this helps.


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