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Old 02-27-2004, 02:50 PM   #1
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how to mount a floppy

i have a fedora core based distro and it has auto mount installed. but i can't hit my floppy. what do i need to edit to mount this drive? i know fstab, but what should i type, etc...
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You can't automount a floppy because the floppy drive doesn't detect the presence of a diskette. You can type "mount /mnt/floppy" on the command line or I believe you can right click on the desktop and mount it by choosing floppy from the disks menu.
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You can try manually mounting the drive as root with a floppy in the drive:

# mount -t msdos /dev/fd0 <insert mount point>

See if you get any errors doing this; it will let you know whether your system is having problems with the drive.

Another good test is to try formatting a floppy from the command line. Place a floppy in the drive and as root run:

# mkfs -t msdos /dev/fd0 1440

See if you get any error messages.
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If it has automount, I don't think you need entries in the fstab. Insert a floppy, go to the floppy mount point, and it should be mounted automatically. If not, mount the old fashioned way, at a different directory. You can't mount the way benjithegreat98 told you to unless you have a proper line in the fstab. Do it the long way:

mount -t vfat /dev/fd0 /mnt/a_dir

Or add a line in fstab:

/dev/fd0 /mnt/a_dir vfat defaults,users 0 0

Search the site for more info. This might help for automount:

Edit: Don't forget to create '/mnt/a_dir' first:
mkdir /mnt/a_dir

Edit2: I think using 'msdos' instead of 'vfat' makes filenames truncated.

Last edited by aaa; 02-27-2004 at 05:16 PM.
Old 02-27-2004, 03:17 PM   #5
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thank you guys so much, unfortunately i recently moved to hawaii and don't have internet access yet on my home computer, so i print things out at work and take them home (floppy doesn't work). so i will try ur suggestions


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