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Old 05-26-2002, 01:19 PM   #1
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problem mounting floppy drive redhat 7.2

Looking for assistance, thanks for your help.

I am having a problem with accessing floppy drive using red hat 7.2

I am trying to read some files I wrote to the floppy from a windows computer.

I try
mount -t msdos /dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy
and get the following error
mount: block device /dev/fd0 is write-protected mounting read only
then after a pause of a few seconds I get a 2nd error message
mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/fd0,
or too many mounted file systems

I have also tried file types vfat and autofs with the same results.

I have the floppy in the drive when I issue the mount command. The floppy is not damaged, I can read it fine on 2 different computers under windows. It has a couple files on it. It is not write protected.

The floppy drive was working fine as I just installed linux on it and it worked fine under windows. I don't think it has suddenly failed.

The floppy shows up as being detected while rebooting.

During the install I answered yes to create a boot diskette and the install had a problem, I think it said i/o error, so I couldn't generate a boot diskette.

I am able to mount and get info from a cd, though that was a bit of a work-around as I didn't install the 7.2 eratta/patches.

Also, regarding the floppy, the floppy drive light does not appear to come on at all when I issue the mount command. Like it never even appears to read the floppy.

Thanks for any help,
Old 05-27-2002, 01:31 PM   #2
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You have not specified the device type correctly. Use "mount -t msdos /dev/fd0H1440 /mnt/floppy". This should work.


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