Saving and Using Saved Files in DataDesk
DataDesk Version 4 (Macs) has a few bugs but most of the losses of people's
work in DataDesk are preventable. To minimize these please keep in mind:
Save your work every 10 minutes or so and always before printing !
WHERE: You are welcome to create a folder below Development:Users to
temporarily hold your files.
PC DISKS: Green Dot Macs in the lab will recognize PC formatted disks, but
you need to insert them before you start DataDesk. (This is a bug in
DataDesk.) Sometimes if you insert them while DataDesk is running the
floppy disk drive you are using will be disabled until the machine is
FILES FROM A PC DISK: When trying to use a file you've saved on a
PC formatted floppy disk, it will sometimes be necessary to copy the
file to the Mac hard drive before double-clicking. Be sure and try
this if doubleclicking on the file while it is on a floppy fails!
MOVING FILES: A consultant will be glad to help you if you need to move
a previously saved file to a different machine. Or to move a file
from a red dot Mac to a green dot one where you can easily put the file
on a PC floppy.
CORRUPTED FILES: These happen occasionally, so after you've a lot
invested in one saved file, you might hold on to a copy of it without
oversaving. Start saving from then on to a new file.
WHEN YOU'RE DONE: The right way to remove a Mac floppy disk when
you are done is to drag the icon for the disk into the trash. Selecting
Eject Disk from the menu and then going elsewhere will leave
the Mac in a confused state where it asks for the floppy disk
back. Sometimes command-period will get past this; at other times
rebooting is necessary.
Do not save your datafiles in the DataDesk folder. Choosing
Save DataFile from the File menu will sometime do that, so please
avoid that command unless you know you are saving elsewhere.
Last Update: September 28, 2000