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From [[Wikipedia:Floppy disk|Wikipedia]]:
{{Article summary text|This article discusses methods of using floppy disks on Arch Linux.}}
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:A floppy disk, also called a diskette, is a disk storage medium composed of a disk of thin and flexible magnetic storage medium, sealed in a rectangular plastic carrier lined with fabric that removes dust particles. Floppy disks are read and written by a floppy disk drive (FDD).
  
Altough rarely used nowadays, one still might need/want to use a floppy disk (for example, I practice guitar to backing tracks played from my Yamaha keyboard, which has only a floppy disk drive interface). Common tasks with floppies are described bellow, with available tools to accomplish them.
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Common tasks with floppy disks are described bellow, with available tools to accomplish them.
  
 
==Installation==
 
==Installation==
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===Kernel module===
 
===Kernel module===
  
Most of the floppy drives should be supported by stock kernel (mine always were). External USB drives might be an exception - I haven't tested that yet. Module ''floppy'' is used as a driver for floppy drives.
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Most of the floppy drives should be supported by stock kernel. The module {{ic|floppy}} is used as a driver for floppy drives.
  
As you can see, it comes with the stock Arch kernel.
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The {{ic|floppy}} module could not be loaded by default. In such case, it could be loaded with the following command:
  
Module ''floppy'' is not loaded automatically by default for me. I load it manually each time I use floppy disk"
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{{bc|
 
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$ modprobe floppy
$ modprobe floppy
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}}
  
 
===Packages===
 
===Packages===
  
There are two packages in the Arch package repository I know of - [https://www.archlinux.org/packages/extra/i686/dosfstools/ dosfstools] and [https://www.archlinux.org/packages/extra/i686/mtools/ mtools]. Respective commands belong to these packages (grepped output of ''pacman -Ql dosfstools mtools''):
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There are two packages in the Arch package repository related with floppy disks:
  
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* {{Pkg|dosfstools}}
dosfstools /sbin/dosfsck
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* {{Pkg|mtools}}.
dosfstools /sbin/dosfslabel
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dosfstools /sbin/fsck.msdos
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dosfstools /sbin/fsck.vfat
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dosfstools /sbin/mkdosfs
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dosfstools /sbin/mkfs.msdos
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dosfstools /sbin/mkfs.vfat
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mtools /usr/bin/amuFormat.sh
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mtools /usr/bin/floppyd
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mtools /usr/bin/floppyd_installtest
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mtools /usr/bin/lz
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mtools /usr/bin/mattrib
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mtools /usr/bin/mbadblocks
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mtools /usr/bin/mcat
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mtools /usr/bin/mcd
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mtools /usr/bin/mcheck
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mtools /usr/bin/mclasserase
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mtools /usr/bin/mcomp
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mtools /usr/bin/mcopy
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mtools /usr/bin/mdel
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mtools /usr/bin/mdeltree
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mtools /usr/bin/mdir
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mtools /usr/bin/mdu
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mtools /usr/bin/mformat
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mtools /usr/bin/minfo
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mtools /usr/bin/mkmanifest
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mtools /usr/bin/mlabel
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mtools /usr/bin/mmd
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mtools /usr/bin/mmount
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mtools /usr/bin/mmove
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mtools /usr/bin/mpartition
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mtools /usr/bin/mrd
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mtools /usr/bin/mren
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mtools /usr/bin/mshowfat
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mtools /usr/bin/mtools
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mtools /usr/bin/mtoolstest
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mtools /usr/bin/mtype
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mtools /usr/bin/mxtar
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mtools /usr/bin/mzip
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mtools /usr/bin/tgz
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mtools /usr/bin/uz
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==Common tasks==
 
==Common tasks==
  
Here are the commands needed to perform the most common tasks. In all examples, I suppose /dev/fd0 to be the linux device for the floppy drive. By default, all these tasks need to be performed as ''root'' (unless you use [[Sudo]] or something similar).
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Here are the commands needed to perform the most common tasks. In all examples is assumed that {{ic|/dev/fd0}} is linux device for the floppy drive. By default, all these tasks need to be performed as ''root''.
  
 
===Format===
 
===Format===
  
  $ mkfs.msdos /dev/fd0
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  # mkfs.msdos /dev/fd0
  
 
===Mount===
 
===Mount===
  
  $ mount -t vfat /dev/fd0 /media/floppy
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  # mount -t vfat /dev/fd0 /media/floppy
  
 
==Troubleshooting==
 
==Troubleshooting==
  
Things like this can happen:
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=== Unable to get diskette geometry ===
  
$ mkfs.msdos /dev/fd0  
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{{bc|$ mkfs.msdos /dev/fd0
mkfs.msdos 3.0.5 (27 Jul 2009)
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mkfs.msdos 3.0.5 (27 Jul 2009)
mkfs.msdos: unable to get diskette geometry for '/dev/fd0'
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mkfs.msdos: unable to get diskette geometry for '/dev/fd0'
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Which means: "Get a new floppy." Sorry (happened to my only disk available when writing this..).
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In such case, is probably that the diskette is physically damaged.
  
 
==More Resources==
 
==More Resources==
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* [http://linux.die.net/man/8/fdformat fdformat(8)]
 
* [http://linux.die.net/man/8/fdformat fdformat(8)]
 
* recovering a "dead" floppy
 
* recovering a "dead" floppy
 
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[[Category:File systems]]
 

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Reason: please use the first argument of the template to provide a brief explanation. (Discuss in Talk:Floppy disks#)

From Wikipedia:

A floppy disk, also called a diskette, is a disk storage medium composed of a disk of thin and flexible magnetic storage medium, sealed in a rectangular plastic carrier lined with fabric that removes dust particles. Floppy disks are read and written by a floppy disk drive (FDD).

Common tasks with floppy disks are described bellow, with available tools to accomplish them.

Installation

Kernel module

Most of the floppy drives should be supported by stock kernel. The module floppy is used as a driver for floppy drives.

The floppy module could not be loaded by default. In such case, it could be loaded with the following command:

$ modprobe floppy

Packages

There are two packages in the Arch package repository related with floppy disks:

Common tasks

Here are the commands needed to perform the most common tasks. In all examples is assumed that /dev/fd0 is linux device for the floppy drive. By default, all these tasks need to be performed as root.

Format

# mkfs.msdos /dev/fd0

Mount

# mount -t vfat /dev/fd0 /media/floppy

Troubleshooting

Unable to get diskette geometry

$ mkfs.msdos /dev/fd0
mkfs.msdos 3.0.5 (27 Jul 2009)
mkfs.msdos: unable to get diskette geometry for '/dev/fd0'

In such case, is probably that the diskette is physically damaged.

More Resources

Todo