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hey all, i need to backup some work from this comp before i switch from redhat to slack. However, i've discovered that when i try and mount my floppy drive ...
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    dumb floppy drive


    hey all, i need to backup some work from this comp before i switch from redhat to slack. However, i've discovered that when i try and mount my floppy drive i get:
    mount: can't find floppy in /etc/fstab or /etc/mtab

    it also fails to find them during bootup, the error is somthing like:
    cannot fstab /dev/fd0 [FAILED]

    any ideas?

    thanks!
    -Jordan

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    things to check: 1) that ur floppy cable is pulgged in properly inside the computer. type
    Code:
    ll /dev/fd*
    and check that fd0 shows up here

    try typing
    Code:
     mount /mnt/floppy
    instead of jsut floppy. mount only seems to work for me when im either in the /mnt directory or with the /mnt/ in fornt of the drive.

    going by the not detected message during boot i would guess its either not plugged in or broken.

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    okay

    The cables seem fine, so i guess i need a new drive.
    But first, in /dev i have lots of things that start with fd0, for example:
    fd0d360 or
    fd0u1743

    but nothing that lists just as fd0
    is that normal?
    My guess was that fd0 doesnt exist becuase it couldnt be fstat-ed at bootup, but i just wanted to check.

    Thanks
    -Jordan

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    Check the man page for the fd device (man 4 fd).

    The number tagged on to the end just specifies the capacity of the fd device.

    eg /dev/fd0h1440 has a capacity of 1440K (the standard size of a most floppies).

    The most you can get onto a floppy is 1743K.

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    Do you really not have it?! Then run this (as root):
    Code:
    mknod /dev/fd0 b 2 0
    Or are you using devfs?

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