Contents of the CLEAN.DOC file
Copyright 1990 by Randy Stack
CLEAN - Floppy Drive Head Cleaning Utility
The CLEAN utility is designed to assist in the head cleaning process by randomly
cycling through tracks on your floppy drive. This ensures more uniform wear and
longer life for your head cleaning diskette. Usual methods of activating drives
(such as DIR) position the head over a fixed track each time.
The parameter sets the duration for the cleaning process, while number> sets the floppy device (A: is 0, B: is 1, etc.). After pressing RETURN,
you will be prompted to insert the cleaning disk and press any key. By pressing
any key during cleaning, you may terminate CLEAN before has elapsed.
CLEAN works with 5.25 and 3.50 inch floppy drives, both in high- and low-density
formats. As a measure of user protection, CLEAN will not permit access to fixed
disk drives, nor will it affect any existing data on non-cleaning disks, so your
files will be safe if you forget to insert a cleaning disk prior to activation.
The program determines whether there is a disk in the drive to be cleaned and it
will abort and return an error if a disk is not detected. The program will step
through all tracks and sectors of the disk which will allow complete use of your
cleaning disk. The 5.25" cleaning disk must have an index hole (sometimes called
position hole) if this program is to recognize a disk is in the drive. The index
hole is the small hole located 1/2 an inch from the center hub hole. Somtimes a
cleaning disk is supplied (based upon manufacturer) without this index hole and
you will need to cut one. The 3.5" disk does not use an index hole punched into
the media itself to determine disk locations.
In the event that you are executing CLEAN from the same floppy drive that you'll
be cleaning, you will be prompted to insert the cleaning disk and press any key.
Upon completion of the cleaning process, the "remove cleaning disk" message will
be displayed. Take out your cleaning disk and replace it with the original disk
from which CLEAN was executed and press any key.
If you find CLEAN to be somewhat useful (or, at the very least, mildly amusing),
please send a meager contribution of $2 to $4 (or whatever you feel it's worth):
Randy Stack, 6222 Brookhill Circle, Orlando, Florida 32810. This will, in turn,
assist me in achieving the ultimate goal of using the fruits of my technology to
obtain a nutritious breakfast. Not only will you be assured of staying informed
regarding future releases, you'll also get the peace of mind that I'm well fed.
The user assumes the risk as to the quality and performance of this program. In
no event will the above be liable for direct, indirect, special, incidental, or
consequential damages as a result of program use, whether in contract or tort.
This program cannot be included with a commercially published program unless the
permission of the author is obtained. This documentation file must be included
with the executable file when distributed.
Included with this documentation file is the CLEAN.EXE program which can be run
according to the above instructions and 2 batch files. The CLEAN_A.BAT file will
activate your drive A for 30 seconds and the CLEAN_B.BAT will activate your disk
drive B for 30 seconds. Enjoy....