- 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.
Most of the floppy drives should be supported by stock kernel. The module
floppy is used as a driver for floppy drives.
floppy module could not be loaded by default. In such case, it could be loaded with the following command:
$ modprobe floppy
There are two packages in the Arch package repository related with floppy disks:
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.
# mkfs.msdos /dev/fd0
# mount -t vfat /dev/fd0 /media/floppy
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.
- http://www.daniel-baumann.ch/software/dosfstools/ - DOS filesystem utilities (not so verbosely documented IMHO)
- http://www.gnu.org/software/mtools/ - a collection of utilities to access MS-DOS disks from Unix without mounting them