Copying a File from a Floppy Disk onto the
Hard Disk or M:\drive.
It is quicker, more efficient and much safer to work on a file saved on the hard disk of a
PC, or in your personal area of the central filestore (the M:\drive), rather than on a
floppy disk. While floppy disks are a useful way of transporting files around, they are
slow to work on, have limited storage and become corrupt through user misuse – often
failing at a critical time.
This document describes how to copy your file from a floppy disk into the "User" folder
on the PC's hard disk, or into My Documents (the M:\drive), and how to move it back
again, once your work is complete.
The C:\User folder is a public directory on the hard disk, so you may see files there
belonging to other users. When you have finished working on your file and have saved
it back onto the floppy (or onto the M:\drive) make sure you delete the one in C:\User.
The M:\drive is accessible from most Learning Support Services and departmental
public cluster PCs, and has a limited space of 100 MB.
1. Insert your disk in the floppy disk drive, then click on
the Start button and select User Files on Floppy
Disk. This will open a window and display any files
and folders on your floppy disk.
2. Click on the Start button again and choose User
Files on PC (to copy your file onto the hard disk) or,
if you prefer to work on the M:\drive, click on My
This will open a second window.
3. On the desktop resize the two windows and position them side by side. You may
also find it helpful to display the contents of the floppy drive (A:\) in Details view.
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4. To copy a file from your floppy disk into the C:\User folder on the hard disk (or the
My Documents window if copying to the M:\drive), hold down the left mouse button
on the file in the A:\ window, then "drag" it into a free space into the other window.
(As the file is dragged across the windows, it will appear as a "silhouette".)
5. Release the mouse and close down the floppy disk window.
6. Now double-click on the file in the C:\User (or My Documents) window, to open the
application and start work. Remember to save your file regularly.
7. When you have finished working on the file, close down the application and then
open the two windows as before.
8. Copy the file back from the C:\User folder (or My Documents) into the floppy disk
window, using the dragging method described previously. Check that the file has
copied successfully and then delete the file on the hard disk.
DELETING A FILE FROM THE HARD DISK
As the C:\User folder is a public
directory, ensure you do not leave
any files there, as this will allow
others to access them.
1. Click on the file to be deleted.
2. Under File and Folder Tasks on
the left-hand side of the window
click on Delete this file.
You will then be asked to confirm
the deletion. The file will then be
transferred to the Recycle Bin.
3. To remove your file completely from the PC, double-click on the
Recycle Bin icon on the desktop.
4. Click on the File menu and select Empty Recycle Bin.
CHECKING YOUR M:\DRIVE OR FLOPPY DISK SPACE
1. Open My Computer and click once on the
2. Click on the Details bar at the left-hand
side of the window to display the total size
of the M:\drive and the available free
3. In the same window, right click on (A:) 3½
4. From the sub-menu choose Properties.
This will display the amounts of used and free space both in figures and as a pie