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Author Topic: Floppy disk help please.  (Read 2561 times)
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« Reply #15 on: January 22, 2012, 04:34:55 pm »

What I meant to say was that even though Vector Linux 7.0 recognizes that I have a floppy disk drive, it handles formatted floppy disks AS IF they are not formatted, even though I know for a fact that the floppy diskettes in question ARE formatted, and it won't let me format a diskette either.

Those things have never been a problem with other operating systems.
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« Reply #16 on: January 22, 2012, 08:04:13 pm »

At first I thought there might have been a bug involved, but after several tests I have confirmed proper mounting and reading using a standard floppy drive.

Yours being USB changes the picture, here is something more to try:
Make sure the floppy is in the drive when you plug it in.
Watch the output of the messages and look for the line about sdc1 as uelsk8s pointed out.
Then mount with:
Code:
mount /dev/sdc1 /mnt/floppy
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« Reply #17 on: January 23, 2012, 09:08:03 am »

I tried that WITH a formatted diskette in it.
The drive blinked once - NO messages (error or otherwise) showed up, and I was in terminal mode, as "root", when I did it.
I then tried the command that you suggested (as "root"), and got the following result:

root:# mount /dev/sdc1 /mnt/floppy
mount: special device /dev/sdc1 does not exist
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« Reply #18 on: January 23, 2012, 01:48:33 pm »

To see if your system detects the drive, you can run "fdisk -l" in a terminal.
A GUI option would be gparted (on the menu, click Gparted > Devices).

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« Reply #19 on: January 24, 2012, 09:43:19 am »

I tried that and got the following output:

madscientist:$ fdisk -l

Disk /dev/sda: 320.1 GB, 320072933376 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38913 cylinders, total 625142448 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x000a1acc

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1            2048   625141759   312569856   83  Linux

Disk /dev/sdc: 1 MB, 1474560 bytes
1 heads, 3 sectors/track, 960 cylinders, total 2880 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x6f20736b

This doesn't look like a partition table
Probably you selected the wrong device.

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sdc1   ?   778135908  1919645538   570754815+  72  Unknown
/dev/sdc2   ?   168689522  2104717761   968014120   65  Novell Netware 386
/dev/sdc3   ?  1869881465  3805909656   968014096   79  Unknown
/dev/sdc4   ?           0  3637226495  1818613248    d  Unknown

Partition table entries are not in disk order

But I have a program in my "Accessories"  menu called "usbview" which DOES correctly identify it.

So what do you suggest?
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« Reply #20 on: January 25, 2012, 07:34:22 am »

Continuing my guessing streak..  Wink  your floppy is detected, but the file system on it is not.

On floppy with no important data, using gparted or command line; delete whatever is on it, then create a new partition and format it.
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« Reply #21 on: January 25, 2012, 08:18:45 am »

The file system on my floppy disks are of the same type that are on my CDs - which ARE detected.
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« Reply #22 on: January 25, 2012, 10:53:59 am »

Which file system are you using?
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« Reply #23 on: January 25, 2012, 09:26:31 pm »

DOS on the floppy disks, Windows on the CD's and DVD's.
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« Reply #24 on: January 26, 2012, 09:34:55 am »

I sense some confusion regarding file systems.
To continue, please use gparted (install using gslapt if not already on your system).
On the gparted menu, click Gparted > Devices > (select your floppy drive, sdc).
Use the GUI to delete whatever is on the floppy, then re-format it, using fat16.
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« Reply #25 on: January 26, 2012, 05:31:02 pm »

I've tried that before and it wouldn't let me do that.
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« Reply #26 on: January 26, 2012, 06:12:01 pm »

Exactly what will it not let you do? Delete, create new partition, or format?
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« Reply #27 on: January 26, 2012, 10:27:57 pm »

it won't let me format ANY floppy disk.
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« Reply #28 on: January 27, 2012, 04:54:44 am »

So you can delete what is on there, then create a new partition, but the format option is grayed out?
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