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Old 02-10-2004, 10:43 PM   #1
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Mounting a floppy drive

When I look at my /mnt directory I only see my cdrom. How would I go about mounting my floppy drive?
Old 02-10-2004, 10:55 PM   #2
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First, we'll get root able to mount it, then we'll worry about users...

As root, create a directory to mount it to...
# mkdir /mnt/floppy

Put a floppy in, and try mounting it...
# mount -t vfat /dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy

If it doesn't give you an error, try listing what's on the floppy...
# ls /mnt/floppy

If it lists, you are golden. You can then unmount it with...
#umount /mnt/floppy
...Note the spelling, it's not uNmount, it's umount. I don't know why, it just is.

If that works, reply, and we'll work on setting up you /etc/fstab to allow any user to mount/unmount the floppy.
Old 02-11-2004, 12:18 PM   #3
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Hrmm. I tried what you said. Here is exactly what I did...

[jared@localhost jared]$ su -
[root@localhost root]# mkdir /mnt/floppy
[root@localhost root]# mount -t vfat /dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy
mount: /dev/fd0 is not a valid block device
[root@localhost root]#

It gave me that "mount: /dev/fd0 is not a valid block device". I know the floppy is working because I recently used it to flash my bios.
Old 02-11-2004, 12:22 PM   #4
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Ack, nevermind, that worked. I'm a retard. I didn't have a disk in . Now we can try to make it so that every one can do that. Also, how can I get it to mount automatically on startup?
Old 02-11-2004, 01:08 PM   #5
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Add a line to the /etc/fstab file. For how to do so: look at the file, it's almost self-explanatory; read 'man fstab'; search here, it's asked all the time. For automatic mounting put 'auto' in the options field.

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