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Old 10-11-2003, 08:57 AM   #1
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Need help mounting floppy drive


I'm having problems mounting my floppy drive. I've searched the forums and tried many different commands but nothing has worked so far. The error I'm receiving is fairly common - "/dev/fd0 is not a valid block device".


Here's what's in my fstab file for my floppy drive:

/dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy auto noauto,users 0 0


I've tried the following:

mount /mnt/floppy
mount /dev/fd0 mnt/floppy
mount -t msdos /dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy


I DO have a floppy in the drive and I know the floppy drive works. I'm not running a dual boot or anything, strictly linux. Can anyone help? Thanks.

- Brad
 
Old 10-11-2003, 09:33 AM   #2
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do u want to acces the drive?

if so right click on the desktop and look for make shortcut for the floopy.

this should get u access to ur floopy drive
 
Old 10-11-2003, 09:35 AM   #3
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Set your line in /etc/fstab (with ,) to :
/dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy auto,noauto,users 0 0

And try 'mount -t vfat /dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy'
 
Old 10-11-2003, 09:46 AM   #4
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Ok, i altered the line in my fstab file and tried your command but it came back with the same error - "/dev/fd0 is not a valid block device".
 
Old 10-11-2003, 09:52 AM   #5
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Then, the filesystem on the floppy disk isn't recognized.
Have you tried with another floppy ?
 
Old 10-11-2003, 10:03 AM   #6
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This is probably an obvious question, but did you try to mount it with a floppy already in the drive? A floppy with some readable files on it? I don't believe you can mount it without the media in the drive. Also, does the directory /mnt/floppy exist and you have permissions on it? Same for /dev/fd0 - it's defined in your system and you have permissions?
 
Old 10-11-2003, 10:39 AM   #7
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Yes, I stated above that I do have a floppy in the drive and I'm trying to mount the drive as root so there shouldn't be any permissions problems.

I haven't tried it with another floppy yet because I don't have one handy, but even when attempting to mount the floppy drive light doesn't come on so I don't see how it could be detecting a bad filesystem if it's not even reading the floppy.
 
Old 10-11-2003, 10:48 AM   #8
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Are you sure that your floppy is connected as fd0 and not as fd1 or something different?
 
Old 10-11-2003, 10:51 AM   #9
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According to my fstab file it's fd0. Is there a way I can check to see if it's connected as something different?
 
Old 10-11-2003, 11:01 AM   #10
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Only way i now is trying mount /dev/fd1 /mnt/floppy and so on.
 
Old 10-11-2003, 11:03 AM   #11
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It should be something between fd0 and fd4 (my bet is on fd2 )
 
Old 10-11-2003, 11:11 AM   #12
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I tried fd0 - fd4 and fd1 is the only one that gave a different message...in fact, it didn't give any message at all. I attempted to mount the drive, the cursor went to the next line and just sat...forever.
 
Old 10-11-2003, 12:12 PM   #13
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Try doing this: dmesg | grep Floppy


What does it say?
 
Old 10-11-2003, 01:13 PM   #14
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Floppy drive(s): fd0 is 1.44M

So my floppy drive is fd0, but it still doesn't mount for whatever reason.
 
Old 10-11-2003, 03:17 PM   #15
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What's on the floppy? Is it formatted? Do you have a /dev/fd0 ?

Can you do: mdir a:

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