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Old 12-03-2001, 04:12 PM   #1
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Angry input / output error on mounting


Got myself an IDE Zip100 that normally works fine, meaning that it mounts no problem. However, I have a newly formatted zip disk. I used a Windows box to format it, and wrote files to it. When I try mounting it, I get:

# /dev/hdb4: Input/output error
#mount: I could not determine the file system type, and none was specified.

So then I did this, which works on other PC zip disks I have:

# mount -t vfat /dev/hdb4 /mnt/zip100.0
# mount: wrong fs type, bad option, etc.

Am I hosed on this one?

Old 12-03-2001, 04:22 PM   #2
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you could try msdos for the fs type.. that might work as some or most floppies under windows to my knowledge format them in msdos format.. what windows OS are you using??
Old 12-03-2001, 04:35 PM   #3
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Tried it, but no go.

I used an NT Server box to reformat a previously Mac formatted disc. It works fine under windows, but Linux is having trouble.

Seems the reformatting process did something, or perhaps because it was a Mac disc?

Thanks again,

Old 12-04-2001, 05:09 AM   #4
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If you can, get into Windows and copy the files onto the harddrive. Boot into Linux and format if from there (using vfat if you want), mount it and put a single text file onto it. Return to Windows and if you can see the file on the disk, then copy the original files files back onto the disk (leaving a copy on the harddisk), reboot into Linux and test.

I know it's a bit of a round-about route, but, if it works, surely it beats the hell out of banging your head against a brick wall?


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