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Chapter 4. Playing Disk Jockey with Hard... > Serving Information to the Computer ... - Pg. 37

Playing Disk Jockey with Hard Disks, Floppy Disks, CDs, and DVDs 37 My recommendation is to chill out when it comes to disks. They're pretty sturdy. Throw a disk across the room; it'll survive. Touch the exposed part (God forbid), and your data probably will remain intact. The best advice I can give you is to treat a disk as if it is your favorite CD or cassette tape. However, if you really want to ruin a disk, perform the following acts of destruction: · Chew on it like a pen cap. · Use a disk as a coaster to keep those ugly rings off your desk. · Take a refrigerator magnet and rub it all over the disk in tiny circles. (Usually, if you just rest the magnet on the disk it won't do anything.) · Press the eject button on the floppy disk drive when the light's still on. The disk drive will spit the disk out alright and nibble on it as you yank it out. Sticking It In, Pulling It Out A disk will fit into a floppy drive in any number of ways: upside down, sideways, even backward. But a disk drive is like one of those dollar changer machines: If you don't insert the disk the right way, the drive won't be able to read it. To insert the disk properly, take the following steps: 1. 2. Hold the disk by its label with the label facing up. (If your drive is sideways [vertical]) the label should face away from the drive light and eject button.) Insert the disk into the drive, as shown in Figure 4.3. (If the disk slot is vertical, hold the disk so the label faces away from the eject button.)