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Zssfssz 02-26-2012 09:21 PM

Equivalnet of rescue floppy, Ubuntu.
 
Is there a thing like a rescue floppy (NOT CD!) or at least something like DOS's "FORMAT /s" command? I never use these things for actual rescue, only to play with. Grub-mkrescue doesn't work, and I don't have Internet (I did at one point so there's more than minimal installation) I have ready accsess to a computer with Internet to download stuff with. Thanks.
Lubuntu 11.10
I have minix if anyone can help me get the make fdboot command work.

frankbell 02-26-2012 09:39 PM

I doubt it these days.

Slackware used to offer to make a floppy boot disk during install but, for the last few versions, it has replaced that option with an offer to make a bootable thumb drive.

I did find this link, but it's very old (the fact that it was one of the first search results will tell us how little is out there). I actually know the person who created the site from my LUG, so I can vouch for the content. http://www.hrlug.org/rescuedisk.html

If your computer has a USB drive, bootable USB likely the best choice. If it doesn't, you could try one of the above links from Hoyt.

snowpine 02-26-2012 09:45 PM

The "floppy disk" technology is obsolete in 2012, and in fact I believe Ubuntu has dropped floppy support from the default install. :)

GlennsPref 02-26-2012 10:06 PM

Hi, you can make an image with dd.
make floppy image...
Code:


dd if=/dev/fd of=/home/glenn/Floppies/floppy.img

get floppy image...
Code:


dd if=/dev/fd0 of=/home/glenn/Floppies/floppy.img

hope this helps,

Glenn

Zssfssz 02-26-2012 11:21 PM

Sony still makes floppy disks ( they stop in, um April?) Floppies have a legacy that will haunt new windows users for years to come: C:\, They will ask why does it start at C and not A, as for unix/linux I don't know...
What about MINIX's own make fdboot? Could anyone help me with that?
The hrlug thing was quite old, the floppy stuff was sortof what I was looking for but has less flexibility, I need\want something like the ancient SYS command. Fdboot seems to fit that. So yeah...
Options:
Get 'make fdboot' working.
Find an old Linux image that will fit on floppy AND make it so I can still write to the floppy. (dd + grub legacy does not fit that requirement)
Ok so help?

DavidMcCann 02-27-2012 01:16 PM

RIP linux used to do a floppy. The website only mentions USB and CD now, but it might fit on a floppy if you know how to transfer it (I've forgotten how big a HD floppy is — the last time I used them I had the 3.2GB EHD ones, but that was on a Sinclair QL!).

EDDY1 02-27-2012 02:07 PM

http://btmgr.sourceforge.net/index.php3?body=news.html


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