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mark@debian:~$ superformat /dev/fd0 hd
Measuring drive 0's raw capacity
format: Input/output error
Any guesses as to why this is the case? I've tried it with several different floppies, and they've all given the same errors. The program kfloppy likewise gives similar errors when I tried to use it to format a floppy.
So, it could be that the floppies are crap, or it could be that the drive is crap (or perhaps it's both).
Yup - exactly what I was trying to say
If you're *really* serious about reading/writing these floppies (for whatever reason), one thing I've found that's even more reliable than an old floppy/IDE is a USB floppy. Cost about $35.00; and I often use it for scenarios precisely like this (I need a floppy for DOS, and none of my hardware is working).
Another "trick" that works is reading/writing floppies between real 3.5" media and virtual 1.44MB .img files, using DOS running on VMWare.