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Old 05-03-2005, 02:59 PM   #1
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Angry formatting floppy problem

Every time I try to format a floppy I get an error:
bash-3.00$ fdformat /dev/fd0
Double-sided, 80 tracks, 18 sec/track. Total capacity 1440 kB.
Formatting ... done
Verifying ... Read: : Input/output error
Problem reading cylinder 0, expected 18432, read -1

I've tried that command on 4 diffrent floppies and they all have the same problem.
Any Ideas?
Old 05-03-2005, 03:36 PM   #2
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I am not sure what the problem with your floppies is, but perhaps you can try zeroing the disk first:
# dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/fd0 bs=1024 count=1440
Also, make sure that /dev/fd0 is a link to /dev/fd0H1440, or just use /dev/fd0H1440 as an argument to fdformat...


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