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Old 02-11-2001, 05:21 PM   #1
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hello. i am having trouble mounting the floppy drive in Red Hat Linux 7. ive tried just using the floppy icon on the desktop, and ive tried the command:

mount -t vfat /dev/fd0 /floppy

with different mount directories (other than '/floppy'). i always get the error message

...has incorrect major or minor number.

or something to that effect. what does this mean? i am able to boot from the floppy (i have to because i have windows 2000 on another partition, so i couldnt write to the MBR).

any help would be greatly appreciated.

thank you,
Old 02-12-2001, 12:53 AM   #2
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I'm having the same problem. I'm also running Windows 2000 and I'm trying to transfer LILO to floppy so it I can dual-boot. Another question, before installing Linux, I created a FAT32 partition to transfer files between Windows' NTFS and Linux, but Linux doesn't see it. How can I make it see? Thanks. --Kris
Old 02-15-2001, 04:51 PM   #3
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Have you tried: mount -t msdos /dev/fd0 /floppy ?

Are you doing it as root?


You can compile NTFS support into your kernel so that you can mount and read NTFS partitions. WRITE support for NTFS is not recommended.. but read works great.

Then you would boot that kernel,
mkdir /winnt,
mount -t ntfs /dev/hda2 /winnt (or hdxy whatever)

To make it permanent, add this to /etc/fstab:

/dev/hdxy /winnt ntfs ro 1 1

If you want to do the Fat32 partition instead.. edit the line to reflect the partition device, the mount point, and 'vfat' as type. Might want to do 'rw' instead of 'ro' as well.

Old 02-19-2001, 08:08 AM   #4
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Redhat 7 and Mounting Floppies

Just a few opints that could help you in your quest. Redhat 7 will almost always auto detect floppy drives when installing and add this info to the fstab file in /etc. This means that you can very easily mount floppy disks by issuing the command mount -t vfat /dev/fd0 . As redhat defauls to using the directory /mnt for mount points, the disk will be accessable from /mnt/floppy. Also you must always make sure if issuing a 'new' mount point that this directory exists (like mount -t vfat /dev/fd0 /floppy). Hope this is of some help. Also if you like you could add an applet to gnome taskbar that allows you tho mount and unmount disks at your lesure.


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