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Zssfssz 02-26-2012 08:21 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 08:39 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.

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 08:45 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The "floppy disk" technology is obsolete in 2012, and in fact I believe Ubuntu has dropped floppy support from the default install.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 09:06 PM

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

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

get floppy image...

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

hope this helps,


Zssfssz 02-26-2012 10:21 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...
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 12:16 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 01:07 PM

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